Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A Emotional Masculinity (Or, To Be Real)

I'm a sucker for Turner Classic Movies. If I had to choose only one channel, it would have to be it (Sundance Channel coming in a close second). Anyway, there's a great documentary on Marlon Brando on right now.

It's easy to forget that Brando changed film acting so radically in the 1950s. He was vulnerable in a way that was entirely shocking - he was unhinged and - for lack of a better term - real - when screen actors were expected to be affected (compare him to Cary Grant and you'll see what I mean). There's also the force of his sexuality...which is unstoppable.

String together A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, The Wild One, and Last Tango in Paris sometime...you won't regret it.

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