East of Eden

A Letter to Elia / Reflecting on Kazan

About Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan the director bravely and artfully confronted some of the more pressing social issues of his time: topics such as class division, bigotry and corruption. Read an essay on the life and career of this Hollywood icon.

Conversation with Martin Scorsese and Kent Jones

Scorsese and his longtime collaborator Kent Jones discuss the creative process while creating A Letter to Elia, their a deeply personal film on Kazan, both a frank portrait and self-portrait.

A Letter to Elia / Reflecting on Kazan

Film Synopsis

For Martin Scorsese, growing up in Little Italy, seeing On the Waterfront and East of Eden as a young man was a life-changing experience. Scorsese appears on and off camera throughout A Letter to Elia, taking us through Kazan’s life and through his own as well, and through his growing realization that there was an […]

James Dean: Sense Memories

Filmmaker Interview – Gail Levin

American Masters Online interviewed JAMES DEAN: SENSE MEMORIES filmmaker Gail Levin. American Masters: What got you interested in this project? What drew you to James Dean? Gail Levin: Interestingly enough, there is a sort of circular story to this film. There is a very famous photograph of James Dean taken in Times Square in 1955. […]

James Dean: Sense Memories

Photographer Dennis Stock on James Dean

from his book “James Dean: 50 years Ago” 1955 “…When I look back at Los Angeles in the early fifties, and specifically Sunset Boulevard, it reminds me of the board game in which you try to move clockwise and upward, past designated obstacles, into “Stardom and Wealth.” Rolling the dice at the start, as a […]