Marlon Brando (Taschen Movie Icons) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/11
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Had he not been an actor, Marlon Brando once wrote, he would have become a criminal - specifically, a con artist. Take him at his word. Too many complain that Brando, the greatest actor of his generation, wasted his life in futile rebellions and left far too few masterworks in his wake, especially measured against his potential; but considering his sincere confession of criminal potential, we can be grateful for the little we do have. The actor who starred so unforgettably in A Streetcar Named Desire, The Wild One, On the Waterfront, The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and Last Tango in Paris certainly owes no apologies to posterity. "The Hollywood Icon" series: People talk about Hollywood glamour, about studios that had more stars than there are in heaven, about actors who weren't actors but were icons. Other people talk about these things, Taschen shows you. "Hollywood Icons" is a series of photo books that feature the most famous movie icons in the history of cinema. These 192-page books are visual biographies of the stars. For each title, series editor Paul Duncan has painstaking selected approximately 150 high quality enigmatic and sumptuous portraits, colorful posters and lobby cards, rare film stills, and previously unpublished candid photos showing the stars as they really are. These images are accompanied by concise introductory essays by leading film writers; each book also includes a chronology, a filmography, and a bibliography, and is peppered with apposite quotes from the movies and from life.
F.X. Feeney is a screenwriter and critic based in Los Angeles. His film credits include The Big Brass Ring, based on a story by Orson Welles, and Frankenstein Unbound, directed by Roger Corman, whilst his reviews have appeared in L.A. Weekly and other publications. F.X. has also written the TASCHEN's Michael Mann and Polanski.
Never as good again as in A streetcar named Desire (1951), he went on to increasingly
eccentric roles and fat performances. Well captured!
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This is a photo biography, written in English, French and German. Some of the photos are available in other books, but some are unique to this slender volume. The blurbs near the photos present an incredible amount of information.
Marlon Brando offered a number of quotable lines:
`The only thing an actor owes his public is not to bore them.' (Page 24)
`An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer.' (Page 48)
`I put on an act sometimes, and people think I'm insensitive. Really, it's like a kind of armor because I'm too sensitive. If there are 200 people in a room and one of them doesn't like me, I've got to get out.' (Page 97)
This book shows that Brando BECAME his character. THE TEAHOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON moviegoers complained, "Where was Brando?" They were shocked to learn that he was almost continuously onscreen.
Until reading this book, I had no idea that Charlie Chaplin directed Marlon Brando in a movie: A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG. Sofia Loren was the countess.
Other than the photos, my favorite part of this book was Brando's life chronology. Happily, in Brando's filmography, the reader is treated to lots of his film posters.