A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and feels responsible for his death. She introduces him to Father Barry, who tries to force him to provide information for the courts that will smash the dock racketeers.
One of the great American Classics that somehow managed to elude me all this time.
I now fully understand what people mean when they say that acting has a pre-Brando and a post-Brando era. Brando delivers a seminal performance here that shook things up mainly because he showed a natural quality to his acting that wasn't common in those days. He wasn't articulate, was very physical and clearly improvised a lot.
As an adept of the Actors Studio he was a practitioner of Method Acting and if ever there was a definitive example of what that can do to a performance, it is shown in Brando's portrayal of Terry Malloy. In a story…
It's hard for me to get behind this film, which I read as a call-to-action to cleanse unions (and by extension, leftist politics) of corrupting influences. Watching a film where a man, played with surprisingly quiet passion by Brando, stands up (eventually) to those corrupting influences in risk of his life, his freedom, or his love, watching this knowing that Kazan, perhaps out of spite, perhaps out of cowardice, perhaps both, named names to HUAC, just left me feeling bitter. Reading it instead as a story about rejecting the union entirely would not, of course, make it any better. This is not an atonement; it's just almost a defense.
That it is made with craft, with the shadows of noir…
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
On the Waterfront is a masterpiece. That much anyone can be sure of as it concludes. But just why is it a masterpiece?
As I talked about in my review of Kazan's A Streetcar Named Desire, that film dealt with the conflict between the old Hollywood romanticism and the incoming age of realism, where stories weren't overplayed, merely depicted. In many ways, On the Waterfront is a spiritual successor to that film, arriving after that conflict is over.
Seeing On the Waterfront in historical relevance with the other Best Picture nominees only seems to make it stand out more. Here, Italian Neo-Realism arrives to Hollywood. On the Waterfront may have aspects of it that…
In the canon of movie masterpieces On the Waterfront stands alone. Elia Kazan's personal fury is manifested onto the screen, but with the restrained passion and technical dexterity of a virtuoso. Marlon Brando's performance was such a giant leap in progress that it ushered in a new industry standard. The maze of rooftops, half-empty bars and brooding, smoke-swept streets as seen through the caustic eye of cinematographer Boris Kaufman are as intuitively truthful as the deepening creases on Brando's brow. All of this is wrapped up (and inextricably linked to) Leonard Bernstein's brash and moving score, which at turns claps and bangs with the fiery exuberance of youth, then softens with the eye-stinging maturity of an old man looking back.…
Some people just have a face that sticks in your mind.
I'm eternally grateful to Elia Kazan for casting exceptionally handsome leading men in his films: James Dean, Gregory Peck, and my all-time favorite, Marlon Brando. In A Streetcar Named Desire Brando displayed such raw sex appeal and naturalism that I keep forgetting that I didn't like the film. But On the Waterfront is (finally!) a film starring Brando I can truly enjoy.
It's such a pity that he didn't seem to give a damn about his career. One look at his filmography and you wonder what the hell he was thinking, squandering his looks and talent all those years. Thankfully, On The Waterfront is utterly gripping from start to…
Winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, and widely considered by many to be one of the greatest American films ever made, On the Waterfront would've been a delightful cinema for me if I hadn't already seen its Bollywood ripoff numerous times since its release, due to which this one only felt predictable, somewhat boring & not very satisfying.
On the Waterfront tells the story of Terry Malloy, a longshoreman who was once a promising boxer but now only runs errands for his brother, who's the right-hand man of the union boss who controls the waterfront with his mob influence. The plot follows Malloy as he struggles to stand up against the widespread corruption around him and fights for the…
July Scavenger Hunt | Film #28, Task #20 - A movie mentioned in the book "The Film Club" 2008 by David Gilmour.
I wasn't particularly interested in the story, but when Brando is on screen it's impossible to take your eyes away from him.
"I could've been a contender. I could've been somebody...instead I'm a bum."
That line comes from one of the many powerful scenes that are scattered throughout On the Waterfront. It's the rare type of film that tries to make every scene powerful and moving, a feat that is very hard to accomplish. For the most part, On the Waterfront captures it.
This is achieved through an excellent script that portrayed the story beautifully, and made it intriguing. Though it has a slow start, when it gets to the meat of the film, it truly becomes amazing.
It's a brilliant character study that goes into the minds and emotional complexities of the characters, and does it fantastically.
The film truly wouldn't…
Marlon Brando gives his best performance in On The Waterfront, Elia Kazan's 1954 masterpiece. The film is filled to the brim with other "bests;" acting, directing, writing, scenes, cinematography, and it's a classic for a reason. My only issue -- an extremely minor one -- is that the music occasionally gets a little cheesy. And it's a rare occurrence. Otherwise, a masterpiece.
Film 18/30 of Scavenger Hunt July 2016
Task #20: A movie mentioned in the book "The Film Club" 2008 by David Gilmour.
David Gilmour's The Film Club showed me that I still have too see a lot of movies from the past century.
On the Waterfront isn't a convoluted mess of characters and stories and it doesn't try to confuse the audience. It has a clear and simple plot, a handful of characters and a nice port setting.
I haven't seen much Marlon Brando movies, but I always like to see him and I think he's one of the most charismatic actors of all time.
David Gilmour tells in his book about the first moment Brando and Eva Marie Saint meet and how he puts on the glove she dropped so she has to stay and can't leave. It's a little moment, but it's a nice moment.
Quite simply, a masterwork. There is an abundance of heart in every frame of this film.
This film holds up as one of the all-time greats. Brando gives a hell of a performance as a man breaking himself in two as his whole world starts to come apart. There's some weird feelings that can come up when you take Kazan's HUAC activities into consideration, but it still works despite that meta-issue.
My second favourite movie ever. I love it to bits.
A masterclass of acting - Brando (duh) and Malden especially.
Well, that does it: I HAVE to see more of Elia Kazan's work.
It's obvious from "Streetcar" that the guy know his way around black and white, as well as chamber-style drama, but here it's like his skills have been refined, polished. This is a beautiful movie to look at, the cinematography kills, and the acting is just as on point. There's so many iconic scenes here I don't even know where to start: the preacher giving a condemning sermon over a dead body in the boat's pit, while trash is thrown at him; the "I coulda been somebody" speeach in the car with Charlie; and then the entire segment at the docks toward the end, where Brando calls out…
A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…