On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront I could have been a contender I could have been somebody So speaks the haunted former boxer Terry Malloy Marlon Brando to his brother Charley Rod Steiger in a scene from On the Waterfront Elia Kazan

  • Title: On the Waterfront
  • Author: Leo Braudy
  • ISBN: 9781844570720
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • I could have been a contender, I could have been somebody So speaks the haunted former boxer Terry Malloy Marlon Brando to his brother Charley Rod Steiger in a scene from On the Waterfront Elia Kazan, 1954 that is one of the most famous in all cinema Set among unionised New York longshoremen, Kazan s film from a screenplay by Budd Schulberg recounts Terry s str I could have been a contender, I could have been somebody So speaks the haunted former boxer Terry Malloy Marlon Brando to his brother Charley Rod Steiger in a scene from On the Waterfront Elia Kazan, 1954 that is one of the most famous in all cinema Set among unionised New York longshoremen, Kazan s film from a screenplay by Budd Schulberg recounts Terry s struggle against corruption and his ultimate, hard won victory The marvellous performances of Brando, Steiger and Eva Marie Saint as well as Karl Malden and Lee J Cobb , Boris Kaufman s photography and Leonard Bernstein s score all justify the film s fame But On the Waterfront is also notorious, regarded by many as an attempt at justifying the decision on the part of Kazan and Schulberg to name names before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee That controversial decision is still incendiary today as was evidenced in the furore that surrounded Kazan s Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999 With Kazan s death in 2003 and Brando s in 2004, a reappraisalof On the Waterfront is timely and necessary In this definitive study, Leo Braudy tells the complicated story of the film s production He revisits the facts behind the controversy of Kazan s testimony but, above all, he analyses the elements which contribute to the enduring appeal of On the Waterfront the Method inspired acting, the music and cinematography, the use of authentic locations and its powerfully symbolic depiction of post war American values.

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    1. Leo Braudy's intelligent, lively account reflects his lifelong study and appreciation of my favorite film. Replete with nearly 90 crisp stills from the movie, the work provides background on the Jersey longshoremen's plight of the time, casting issues, Budd Shulberg's and Elia Kazan's HUAC testimony, the arduous development of the screenplay, the Hoboken locations used in the film, Fr. John Corridan (model for Karl Malden's Fr. Barry), and much more. All the pivotal scenes are considered in deta [...]

    2. A rather excellent essay on the film and the context of the times. Braudy delves deeply into the issues of the times, all that HUAC/McCarthy stuff, as well as the choices of the filmmaker and the business of making a movie. I watched the film twice last night, once raw, once with the commentary tracks. Both were good.

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