It's a golden age film! You have champ and contrechamp, not an modernist essay about the nature of time. It's neither good or bad, just the way things were done back then! It's a whole language, a film language...
On the Waterfront is such a masterpiece that it doesn't even feel like you're watching a movie, let alone one of the greatest ever made. The brilliant cast, superb direction and seemingly effortless writing all make for a textbook example of a timeless classic.
The editing, the soundtrack, everything is based upon a film language developed at the time, it might be quite dated nowadays but sure it wasn't back then. I think it's perfect. Everything. It's a narrative film, a film that survives by its story and the context it abides on. People live, people work, people die and nobody seems to care of how shitty things are. Easy money for some, hard work for others. And goes on
All the right pieces put together in the wrong way -the editing ruins what could have been a great movie.
Well I perhaps was overreacting given my general dislike of the film, but it was not the *presence* of the music I disliked but its overweening sentimentality and bombast. I find the film naively sentimental (right, that last walk will solve everything; the whole world was just waiting for Terry Molloy to cowboy up.. etc) and I have to admit, ridiculous.
precisely, that walk wasn't going to solve anything, the closing gate is pretty much like the closing door in The Godfather, a reality yet to be discovered (or rediscovered) - which will probably be similar to the one we already know. but yes, the music is quite melodramatic. again, it was customary. when Brando and Eve Marie kiss, the music takes a sudden turnaround, like a kid yelling to other kids, "hey, hey, look, look, they're kissing!".
Well, I think given the humiliation of the union boss, the trial, the collectivity standing up for itself because of our hero, that that is being somewhat generous to the film, but we'll agree to disagree. As for the special pleading that its a film of its time, there are so many others that are so much less mawkish that I cant buy that. I think Manny Farber said it best (in another context): cartooned hip acting. But hey Just saw your profile, impressed by your taste and rang.e Its always great to meet a fellow film buff with different tastes...else there is no learning.
Those workers getting into the factory at the end, the factory's gate closing behind them, "The End"... They all got to work, but was that a real prize? Was the 'work' the real bittersweet proze of such tough path? Was it all really about a class of working men? The only 'union' at the end was that of Terry's beaten body parts; and he standing up to the world seems to be what the whole process was actually all about.
Rien de mieux qu'un film de Brando. Rien de mieux que Brando qui chique une gomme. Rien de mieux que Brando qui donne un baiser passionnel à une actrice qui joue gros. Rien de mieux que Brando qui fait son "swag" en s'accotant sur quelque chose tout en parlant. Rien de mieux que Brando qui souffre et que tu souffre avec lui. Puis finalement rien de mieux que Brando.
SNITCH BITCH!!! I mean, sorry, but I knew the context of this film before I watched it and it really ruined the fucking story and the character (which is a shame because Brando really gives a great performance). It's not a bad story, but Kazan was stupidly naive to think that were any parallelisms between the character and his actions towards the HUAC. Terry spoke because he wasn't afraid, Kasan spoke because he was.
a great black and white crime film. Brando and Marie Saint are powerful here. there are a few scenes that make my skin chill over and many that make me sad. in fact, all of the acting here was superb and the music added to film greatly. a great classic in cinema that everyone should see
"I'm just a potato eater, but isn't it simple as 1,2,3? one - the working conditions are bad. two- they are bad because the mob does the hiring. three- the only way we can break the mob... is to stop letting them get away with murder."
As in A Streetcar Named Desire I felt that Kazan's ending didn't do the rest of the film justice; both endings felt oddly optimistic in contrast to the rest of the story. Perhaps this can be attributed to studio pressure, or in the case of waterfront will more likely be related to Kazan's testimony in front of HUAC. That said, I suppose responsibility lies ultimately with the writer. I just thought it was a shame!
the ENTIRE cast (a rarity in film) gives fantastic performances, direction is beautiful, setting is realistic (you know what i mean) and Bernstein's score is perfectly blendid into it all!
It's all about Brando. Kazan is wonderful as well, as is Schulberg's screenplay, but it is Brando that stays in your mind.
I recently watched On The Waterfront, I was blown away by Marlon Brando's performance. This film is a must see for anyone who is just beginning to dive into the film world. I have suggested this film to multiple people and they have all been amazed. I am currently watching all the movies on the "100 Must See Before You Die", don't plan on dying soon, just want to see everything I have missed. Looking for more films!