When Marlon Brando stunned Broadway in 1948, mumbling and scratching as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire, he revolutionized American acting in style and sensibility with his raw psychological approach, his improvisational wildness. Patricia Bosworth focuses on Brando's great gifts, describing the gallery of indelible cinematic portraits he created, such as the paraplegic in The Men; the swaggering rebel Johnny in The Wild One; Terry Malloy, the illiterate dockworker who develops a conscience, in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (for which Brando won his first Academy Award); Vito Corleone in The Godfather (his second Academy Award); and the despairing expatriate Paul in Last Tango in Paris.
Brando has been called "the greatest actor in the world." Bosworth acknowledges his debt to master teacher Stella Adler and director Elia Kazan, who helped shape Brando as an actor, and she explores his soaring talent, a gift so huge he often didn't know how to control it. But she goes beyond his myth and celebrity to tell the story of his life and to explain Brando's personal torment, portraying the farm boy from Illinois who loved his alcoholic mother more than anyone else and who wanted to use his fame to change the world - and the man who even today remains a mystery.
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Review: Marlon Brando (Penguin Lives)User Review - Bill Ibelle - Goodreads
One of my pet peeves is 900-page biography that tell you every time the subject had a bowl of cereal, whether they finished the bowl and whether they rinsed it out or left it in the sink to harden. It ... Read full review
Review: Marlon Brando (Penguin Lives)User Review - Kris - Goodreads
3 STARS This is a brief biography on Marlon Brando that touches the main events in his life. Read full review