A Letter to Elia

A Letter to Elia ★★★★

The December Project: Film #99

I've never really considered Scorsese among my favourite directors, finding his common reputation as one of the best in cinema's history a little far from reality, but when it comes to cinephilia I worship at the man's feet. His passion for film knows few equals; it's this profound combination of comprehensive knowledge and sheer love which informs A Letter to Elia, a soaringly powerful meditation on the grasp cinema maintains on those of us who live our lives through it. I'm not overly familiar with Kazan's films; it says a great deal about the scope of this documentary that I felt, afterward, as though I was.