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The Films of Marlon Brando-Tony Thomas, B&W FILMOGRAPHY

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Films of Marlon Brando by Tony Thomas (Author) This review is from: The films of Marlon Brando Published in 1973, THE FILMS OF MARLON BRANDO covers his film career from his first film, "The Men," released in 1950, through "Last Tango In Paris" which was released in 1972. The book opens, after a short introduction by Pauline Kael, with a fairly detailed discussion of Brando and his career and continues with a chronological, movie by movie, discussion of the films he made during the 22 year scope of the book. Brando's reputation as a stage star was wholly due to his portrayal of the brutish Stanley Kowalski in "A Stretcar Named Desire." His fame as a film star came from his first six films. These were followed by many years of poor film choices and lackluster performances. His career was finally revived by his starring roles as Don Corleone in Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" and of Paul in "Last Tango in Paris." According to Thomas, Brando never fit into the Hollywood lifestyle and was very open in expressing his disdain for both the film industry in general, and for the people who made films. It was interesting to note that, because of Brando's many years of making unsuccessful movies and because of his reputation for "being difficult," when Francis Ford Coppola suggested to Paramount that they cast Brando as Don Corleone in "The Godfather," Coppola was told to forget that idea and to cast someone else in the part. Through subterfuge, Coppola finally got Paramount to accept Brando for the part, but they were unwilling to pay the large fee that he normally demanded., He agreed to a salary of only 100,000 but asked for, and received, a percentage of the gross. With the great success of the film, Brando eventually made millions from this contract. I'm afraid that I've never understood why his performance in "The Godfather" was so critically acclaimed, but I do agree with the book's evaluation of at least three of his early films. These were: "A Streetcar Named Desire" which was written by Tennessee Williams, "On the Waterfront" by Bud Schulberg, and "Viva Zapata" with a screenplay by John Steinbeck. I think that all three had writing that was superior to that found in most Hollywood scripts. This fact, along with Brando's best acting, contributed heavily to their success and, coincidentally, to my enjoyment of them. The reviews in THE FILMS OF MARLON BRANDO are all very well written and give credit to all those who contributed to the success of each film. On the reversie side of the coin, they pull no punches when discussing the mediocrity of many of Brando's films in the 60's. I can recommend this book both for its biographical material and for its discussions of Brando's films. Brando was a very private man who gave very few interviews, so it is really a bonus that this book uncovers a little of the mystery that was Marlon Brando. Paperback: 245 pages Publisher: Citadel, 1973, 4th printing Language: English ISBN-10: 0806504811 ISBN-13: 978-0806504810 List Price: 9.95 BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS, 245 PAGES. Clean, sharp, unmarked copy of Citadel book, giving cast, credits, notes and synopsis of Brando's films, illustrated with b/w shots from the films. Filmography charting the successful career of the legendary Marlon Brando. A definitive record of the film star's unique career, and a correlated and perceptive portrait of the real-life personality as it differed from or duplicated his alter ego on the screen. Numerous photographs. THE MYSTERY THAT WAS MARLON BRANDO PARTIALLY UNCOVERED, By Loren D. Morrison "amateur_reviewer" (Los Angeles County, U.S.A.) - Knowledge is power! My value in life is knowledge and information and I love books! I am a very rural home-based business in THE LAND OF 10,000 LAKES. All my books are acquired through diligent searches of book sales, library sales, garage sales, thrift stores in small towns and magical appearances. I tend to look for books that personally interest me and instill a sense of wonder. Books, for me, have become a never ending source of wonder. My imagination becomes fully engaged and time seems to disappear. I hope that some of the books you may find in my store will do the same for you. Thank you so much for allowing me to share my journey with you. When you make your purchase with me, you can expect top notch customer care, quality packaging and shipping, email notifications and much more! Great Prices Great Service = Great Transaction! Hassle Free, Worry Free! Check out my other items!Be sure to add me to your favorites list!Sign up for my email newsletters by adding my Store to your Favorites
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