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On the Waterfront
The Man Lived by the Jungle Law of the Docks!
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…
Marlon Brando gives an excellent performance here, and is the highlight of this film. He goes through a wide array of emotions, and all are very believable. The story has a nice message, though there are no real surprises. Most of this film's entertainment value is derived from watching Brando's character progression, but that's not a bad thing.
Marlon Brando delivers a fantastic performance. The whole movie is very well crafted and presents its message perfectly. It really hits on an emotional level, as well.
Pros: Brando is great. Dividing storyline. Social politics... intrigue. Dramatic symbolism. Cons: Weird moments. Weird directing choices. Dividing storyline. Political anything.
I hate pigeons, but I love Marlon Brando. That charming bastard was a natural.
One of Brando's finest.
I am trying to watch as many of the "Greatest Movies Of All Time" as I can and this is one of them, I guess. It doesn't quite have much "Wow" factor aside from Brando's acting but it has no real flaws either. It won't make me run out and tell everyone "You NEED to watch this!" even though you do, need to watch this.
On the Waterfront is director Elia Kazan's stellar answer to the wave of criticism he faced in the aftermath of his testfying in front of the HUAC, and in creating this film, Kazan gave us a timeless masterpiece, with a central message about the power of truth in the face of adversity that, more than sixty years later, still manages to speak truth.
Kazan's direction, coupled with Budd Schulberg's screenplay, is understated and unpretentious, instead letting the central truth and strength of the screenplay speak for itself. Following the tale of an ex-boxer longshoreman by the name of Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando), On the Waterfront traces Malloy's steady and gradual development from union thug to a nobel man who stands…
Another one that gave me a unique feeling at its conclusion. Workers' rights & Karl Malden forever.
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…
Wooderson's master list: letterboxd.com/jesushmacy/list/scavenger-hunt-master-list/
Summer has arrived, school's out and the hot, long days are coming. Perfect time to sit…