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Fox Picks Up Scorsese's Letter To Elia, HBO Grabs Lebowitz Doc

by Cameron Carlson
September 8, 2010 3:42 AM
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is acquiring Martin Scorsese's A Letter To Elia, which played well in Venice and Telluride. The documentary chronicles the life and work of legendary (and controversial) director Elia Kazan. The film is included in Fox's November 9 DVD release: The Elia Kazan Film Collection. Scorsese shares director credit with Kent Jones.

Kazan had a "profound influence" on his career, states Scorsese, adding that the project “...took many years. I asked my old friend and collaborator Kent Jones to work with me, and we spent quite a long time looking at the films, talking about them, looking at the life, the fame, the infamy, and finding the tone, the balance that felt right for this picture. I feel that the finished film speaks to the power of art, in this case the art of Elia Kazan.”

PBS will air the doc on October 4. Another Scorsese film, the Fran Lebowitz doc Public Speaking, produced by Graydon Carter and Margaret Bodde, will broadcast on HBO this November.

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