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Elton launches Tribeca festival

Music from Sir Elton John helped launch the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

In a waterfront celebration a stone's throw from where the World Trade Centre towers stood, the festival got under way with Cameron Crowe's documentary on the collaboration between Elton and Leon Russell, The Union.

It was followed by a short performance by Elton.

"I'm honoured. I'm frightened," said Elton, introducing the film he had yet to see himself.

The festival offered other attractions too, including a performance of Walk Like an Egyptian by the Bangles with a school choir, remarks from comedian Denis Leary and an introduction from Martin Scorsese.

"For me, movies and music have been inseparable. They always have been and they always will be," said Scorsese. "And I know that the same holds true for Cameron Crowe."

The Union documents the studio sessions between Elton and his hero, Russell, a famed singer, songwriter and piano player who was a ubiquitous session player early in his career and has been a sometimes-forgotten legend from the earlier days of rock 'n' roll.

Cameron Crowe, whose films include Almost Famous and Say Anything, captures the two musicians working with producer T Bone Burnett and John's long-time lyricist, Bernie Taupin, as well as numerous guest musicians.

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