Description - Somebody by Stefan Kanfer
Brando was one of those rare artists whose work forever altered the landscape of his craft; there was acting before Brando, and then acting after Brando. Stefan Kanfer, the first by-lined cinema critic for the New York Times, expertly examines the thirty-three films that make up Brando's oeuvre, revealing the depths and heights of Brando's artistic achievements. First making his mark on Hollywood with the gritty and emotional portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, Brando cemented his status as a symbol of the emerging rebellion against post war conformity with On the Waterfront, and later rescued himself from near obscurity with his defining turn as Don Corleone in The Godfather. Kanfer also explores the series of less lucrative works between these two seminal films where, at times Brando seemed to fall victim to his own struggles, crusades, and eccentricities.
Bridging the era of black-and-white features to multi-million dollar Hollywood blockbusters, Marlon Brando's career offers up a succession of powerful performances, while also shedding light on the cultural evolution of Hollywood itself. Somebody reaffirms Brando's place in our modern history as it deftly tracks the creation of an icon.
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(241mm x 162mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Stefan Kanfer
Stefan Kanfer is the author of The Eighth Sin, A Summer World, The Last Empire, Serious Business and Groucho: The Life and Times of Julius Henry Marx. He was a writer and editor for Time magazine for more than twenty years. He lives in New York and on Cape Cod.