On the Waterfront
Dec 11 | 7 PM
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1954, Columbia Pictures. Director: Elia Kazan. Screenplay: Budd Schulberg. Score: Leonard Bernstein. 1954, Columbia Pictures. Director: Elia Kazan. Screenplay: Budd Schulberg. Score: Leonard Bernstein.
With Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger. This is one of the brightest gems of the studio era, with a Method-trained cast straight out of the famed Actors Studio. Waterfront established Brando as the preeminent screen actor of his time, and everyone in the film gave the best performance of his and her career. The film may be seen one on level as Kazan’s self-justification for being a friendly witness for The House Un-American Activities and naming names, before the making of Waterfront, but It is so much more. In this modern retelling of the Crucifixion, Kazan reaches far beyond the body politic to contemplate the relationships between morality, loyalty, sacrifice and redemption. The winner of 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Elia Kazan), Best Actor (Brando), Best Supporting Actress (Eva Marie Saint, in her film debut), and Best Screenplay (Budd Schulberg), On the Waterfront is American cinema at its finest. Even if you have already seen this film, to experience it again on the big screen, in its original and proper proportion, is to witness first-hand one of the crowning achievements of the art of Film.