Elia Kazan

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 […]

Organizers for Students

Print out and make copies of these organizers for your students: Questions about the McCarthy Era (pdf) Rubric for Reader’s Theater (pdf) General Assessment Rubric for the Arthur Miller and Elia Kazan Exhibition (pdf)

Procedures for Teachers

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Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin

About Elia Kazan

In the early morning hours of March 21, 1999, Hollywood was completing the final preparations for its annual celebration of itself. Workers were laying red carpet and polishing huge statues. Cameramen and reporters jockeyed for position to catch glimpses of Hollywood’s royalty as they arrived at the Academy Awards. Over these images we hear news […]