On the Waterfront
Film - Feature | September 23 | 8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
I coulda had class, says failed fighter Terry Malloy with all the bruised brilliance Marlon Brando could muster. Maybe so, but On the Waterfront did have classclass acting, class writing, class cinematography, and class warfare. Controversial for its allegations of corruption in the longshoremens union, the production itself was chock-full of friendly witnesses at the HUAC hearings, director Kazan, writer Budd Schulberg, and actor Lee J. Cobb among them. Still, Brandos damaged dockworker, deserted by his brother (Rod Steiger) and vigorously defended by Father Barry (Karl Malden), stands as a memorable Method performance amid a coarse realism drafted by that left-leaning lenser Boris Kaufman.
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