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Scorsese’s ‘Letter to Elia’ launches Kazan series Sept. 13

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Ahead of its screening at the New York Film Festival later this month, Martin Scorsese’s documentary “A Letter to Elia” will receive its Atlanta premiere at the Plaza Theatre on Sept. 13.

It launches a four-film series of works by the late director Eila Kazan in new 35mm prints, sponsored by Emory University’s Department of film Studies and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

“A Letter to Elia” and “Viva Zapata!” show Sept. 13; “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” Sept. 20; “Gentleman’s Agreement,” Sept. 27; “Wild River,” Oct. 4. Individual screenings, $10; series ticket, $32. www.plazaatlanta.com.

Co-directed by Scorsese and Kent Jones, “Letter” made its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and its North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival.  It is an official selection of the New York Film Festival where it will screen alongside Kazan’s “America, America” on Sept. 27.

It will air nationally on PBS as part of the “American Masters” series on Oct. 4, accompanied by a companion short documentary featuring actors and directors talking about Kazan’s influence on their work and on the American film industry.

On Nov. 9, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release “The Elia Kazan Film Collection,” an 18-disc DVD gift set including “Letter” and 15 of Kazan’s most noteworthy films. More info: www.lettertoelia.com.

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