[Marxism] Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work: A biography of the remarkable actor - World Socialist Web Site

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 19 06:39:57 MST 2014


(These people should stick to culture rather than geopolitics.)

 From his earliest Broadway appearance in Ben Hecht’s antifascist A Flag 
is Born (1946), Brando’s reading informed his characterizations. During 
the making of Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront (1954) , Brando read books 
and essays about Camus’ The Rebel. For Edward Dmytryk’s The Young Lions 
(1958) , Brando made a study of Wilhelm Reich’s The Mass Psychology of 
Fascism and annotated those passages that argued against portraying 
fascism as the province of a single nation.

He would also prepare for his roles in Kazan’s Viva Zapata! (1952) and 
One-Eyed Jacks (1961, which he ended up directing) by reading 
extensively about America’s native population. For Francis Ford 
Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979), he turned to two of philosopher Hannah 
Arendt’s works.

Brando’s annotations also reveal someone who read for personal growth. 
In his copy of Emily Dickinson’s complete poems, he notes his 
identification with her “nonconformist” stance.

full: http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/19/rev2-n19.html



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