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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…
Well, you can't fault the title: it does indeed take place on the waterfront...
One of the finest cast ever assembled for a film. Great music from Leonard Bernstein and one of the best looking films of the era.
Another "classic" film, starring a very young Marlon Brando. There are some extremely good bits to this film, ranging from Marlon Brando's great acting, to the storyline which presented a good commentary on life "on the waterfront".
I kinda felt like the film was a bit too slow at the beginning and really only picked up towards the end. Also, there aren't many particularly memorable scenes which stand out to me.
Overall, the main plot of the movie is insightful, but there really isn't much "fun" in the film. It is all serious business, carried by a wonderful performance by Marlon Brando. But that is also its weakness.
Das ist ein Film!!
Und Marlon Brando ein einzig-artiger und waschechter Film-Star!
Das Alter sieht man dem Film zu keinem Moment an und was Elia Kazan aus den Gassen, Straßen und Docks herausholt, ist pure Film-Magie.
Die 4 1/2 Sterne-Wertung ist vorläufig - ich denke, ich brauch' noch einen Anlauf - aber die Tendenz steht auf: Meisterwerk
Sehr kraftvolles Gangsterdrama, mit dem Marlon Brando das Schauspiel revolutionierte. (So ließt man zumindest.)
Zumindest lässt sich auch nach 60 Jahren noch nachfühlen, wie bedeutetend der Film damals gewesen ist und wie sehr er das Publikum damals bewegt haben mag. Dies schafft er auch heute noch vorzüglich.
"I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody..."
More 1950s. First Brando film. He is so dang charming! Loved his acting. The 50s gender roles and themes of masculinity and "the right thing to do" were fascinating.
I simply did not connect with the story. That's pretty much it.
This movie tells about men who work in the harbour. They are forced to work in bad conditions and if someone dares to go to tell the police or some other official people, well something bad will happen to him.
I've only seen few Marlon Brando movies and in all of them he has been full of himself. So it was refreshing to see a movie from him where he isn't overacting. This guy can act! He's both tough and gentle and that's a great achievement. I wouldn't call this movie exactly a masterpiece but to be this old movie it works very well and it has earned its status as a classic.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…