CONTENDER: The Story of Marlon Brando


CONTENDER: The Story of Marlon Brando

WILLIAM MANN    Book Number: 91332    Product format: Hardback

Marlon Brando's most famous line, "I coulda been a contender", was uttered in the film On the Waterfront, one of several successes that brought Brando fame and the reputation for being an actor who could equal British stars such as Olivier and Gielgud. The pinnacle of his achievement was as the brutal Stanley Kowalski in the film A Streetcar Named Desire. This fascinating biography depicts Brando himself as a contender in life, someone who knew what he wanted and could not have cared less what people thought. As a young man in the early 40s he attended a military academy but when he attempted to enlist in the army during World War II he was classed as unfit owing to a damaged knee. Brando's sister Jocelyn managed to persuade their sceptical father that drama school was the best option for "Bud", who had been working as a manual labourer, but even in his chosen profession Brando's rebellious streak put him at odds with the great dramatic artist Erwin Piscator. Method acting was the technique of the day, and performances such as Kowalski introduced a new naturalism into Hollywood. During his student years Brando embarked on an affair with a married woman, Celia, the first of many tangled romances and three marriages that would haunt his life, not to mention a homosexual affair with Christian Marquand. Constantly torn between the lure of fame, the need to impress his mother Dodie and rivalry with stars such as Sinatra, Montgomery Clift and Kirk Douglas, Brando also raged against the injustice of the studio system. His career went into decline in the 1960s but was spectacularly revived by his role in The Godfather. It won him an Oscar which he refused on the grounds of exploitation of native Americans. A good read. 718pp, credits, colour and black and white photos.
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