Marlon Brando by Patricia Bosworth

By Patricia Bosworth

In 1948 Marlon Brando surprised audiences and critics alike together with his progressive, uncooked, and improvisational method of appearing. He grew to become a logo of a brand new, rebellious iteration that was once ill of conventions and dedicated to real emotion and unvarnished fact. From his breakout position as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named wish to his enthralling portrayal of Don Corleone within the Godfather, he created probably the most memorable characters in American cinematic historical past. Brando was once a paradox—intensely inner most yet utilizing his popularity to advertise priceless factors, a womanizer who clung to his formative years pals and animals. He used to be the most fiercely autonomous stars ever. during this booklet, acclaimed biographer Patricia Bosworth peels away Brando's many layers, revealing the struggles, triumphs, and constant ambition that reworked the irrepressible farm boy from Nebraska right into a legend of yank cinema.

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Whereas the female Japanese doctor Sumiko Ogimura plays an equal role next to her male space travelers in Silent Star, in First Spaceship, her role is reduced to a supporting figure taking care of the household duties on the spaceship, such as providing the male astronauts with food and tending to their injuries. A total of more than seven minutes of Sumiko’s dialogue was edited out from Silent Star (Ciesla, 2002: 135–136), putting her in line with the other female supporting roles. Now, she appears in First Spaceship in a traditionally female profession, similar to the news commentator for the TV station “Intervision” and the radio operator at the moon base Luna 3 (reminiscent of the telephone operators in the time before automated dialing was introduced).

He has mentored industry figures like Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Peter Bogdanovich, and garnered numerous honors and awards — including a Bram Stoker, an Independent Spirit Award, Filmmaker of the Year from American Cinema Editors, a Lifetime Achievement award from the Casting Society of America, and most recently, Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Producers Guild and Video Software Distributors Association. But no matter how often his feet may have trod the stairs to an award podium, MST3K hauls him back to his roots — the low end of the cinematic gene pool — like kids from the old neighborhood who never let him forget from whence he came.

The building exploding in the film’s finale is a somewhat better effort. I was fortunate to find the stock shot before we filmed the scene, so at least the actors are looking in the right direction. I even grabbed a shot of Kevin and McCreedy running past a similar brick building before the explosion, so at least it was a more convincing match. By far the most dangerous scene we shot was when the stuntman, doubling as Nick, gets lit on fire. Again, no permit or fire marshal, and since we did it in one take, we accidentally ignited the ceiling of the club.

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