Thursday, September 4, 2008

On the Waterfront

Dir: Elia Kazan, 1954, bw (9.2*)
Best Picture (AA, GG)

AFI and Time Mag Top 100
This sometimes brutal yet heroic waterfront story put Marlon Brando’s acting at the top, and he won an Oscar. He’s a former boxer and dock worker, who accepts the organized crime situation as "just the way things are", but is slowly moved to action by several personal events. One is the murder of a friend, but "a rat", whose sister, Eve Marie Saint (an Oscar for her first part), wants to know what happened, and befriends Brando along the way. Lee J. Cobb is terrific as a waterfront mob boss. This is often considered Kazan’s (Directing Oscar) best film, and Brando’s as well, and is certainly an American classic film. 8 Oscars

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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.



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