REVIEW Ü PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ô Stefan KanferWas his weight It s very hard to keep
Thoughts On Brando Separated Fromon Brando separated thoughts on the book I can t ite put a finger on how accurate it is since it s the first I read on him but meanwhile I d read articles and another bio thingy Sophia Loren s autobiography which is what made me curious about Brando in the first place and in those I found additional information some contradicting those that were in this very book for instance was Monty Clift his rival his friend or wait for it his lover Did Brando hit on Loren like she claims or insult her from the start like he claims I believe Loren for the record But such info belong to gossip columns rather I would have loved to read little trivia on the Oscar pictures with Grace Kelly or the cheesecake episode with Frank Sinatra What can I say I m a sucker for those things and I like very detailed biographies Still Kanfer does provide a lot of info on Brando s movies and his varying commitment to them as well as to social justice matters although something on him and Martin Luther King would have been nice and most sections really affected me in terms of interest for Brando s work and in personal terms too I now feel like I Black Boy understand the guy which is what counts and reaching the last section I found myself thinking back of that day of July 2004 where my family and I were on our way to the Alps and read of Brando s death on a newspaper Myncle was so shocked you d have believed he thought him immortal Not that he isn t I could always hold my breath longer than anyone else It is hard to justify the blurb s characterisation of this book as a definitive book on Brando there are dozens of others of course including Peter Manso s 1000 page monster but it is certainly a well written roadmap through a bizarre and extraordinary life Brando is probably the most influential actor in the history of Hollywood Streetcar Waterfront Godfather Last Tango Apocalypse Now and also made outright turkeys than any other leading actor almost everything in the 1960s and after Apocalypse similarly he always took pains to trash the acting profession completely and to cynically boast that he would sweep Nighttime Sweethearts up the set if Paramount paid him 3m for doing that his going rate in his late period Born of alcoholic parents he always had a morbid fear of mental illness and with the help of the Method turned this vulnerability allied to his amazing physical beauty at least when young before he got to 300lb into a new form of acting which became a model As Michael Winner of all people noted before him actors acted and after him they behaved Famously impossible on set Brando would refuse to learn his lines on the basis that people in real life did not do this though Brando s experience of reality assually lived was Maternity Bride (Silhouette Desire uite limited one might assay and idiot cards would have to be stuck on the set on lamps backs of doors on ceilings which may also account for his famous pauses He would also insist on script changes often ad libbed on the spot such as Kurtz s bonkers speech at the end of Apocalypse which makes the film truly memorable and not just another lament for Americans fuckingp in Vietnam and create his own look disastrously on Missouri Breaks but brilliantly on Godfather As he became successful Brando became increasingly interested in politics and setn a Native American woman to collect his Oscar which then backfired badly when it emerged that she was not a true Indian and had won a Miss Vampire contest in 1970 This sort of typifies his well meaning but dilettantist approach to emancipatory politics likewise his decampment to the South Seas island of Tetiora which he bought for 70K after acting brilliantly as Mister Christian the remake of Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 This was his refuge from the pressures of being Marlon Brando though obviously only possible if you actually were Brando in the first place he hoped to turn this into an eco paradise but it became a living hell with the killing of his daughter s boyfriend by his drunk son and then the suicide of the daughter As his fame grew so did his girth and he became a figure of some fun Tennesse Williams cattily joked that Marlon was being paid by the pound Likewise his wives and children accumulated Marlon had three wives numreous children by various women and innumerable affairs which forced him to take any offers going Safe in My Arms usually for 3 5m on which he wasted his talent with studied indifference His death living as a virtual recluse too obese to leave his house which was next door to Michael Jackson s is reallyite sad and pitiful to read Jack Nicholson bought his house for 5m after his death and found it to be almost derelict and full of mould encapuslating the general feeling of neglect of the physical that typifies the life described in this book In the early years he knew each and every one of his lines but he improvised He insisted on many takes and each one was different and they said each one brilliant. Od to his arrival in New York in the 1940s where he studied with the legendary Stella Adler and at the age of twenty three became the toast of Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire Kanfer expertly examines each of Brando's films from The Men in 1950 to The Score in 2001 making clear the evolution of Brando's singular genius while also sheddi. This book is tter crap The detail kill s it you only find out about him as a adult near the endI liked the pictures though Kanfer seems to have poured over all available research resources that include books and articles by and about Brando and interviews of those who were associated with him at various points in his life and career as well as any other relevant historical material that would help to establish a frame of reference for dominant influences and major developments in Brando s reckless life and remarkable career Kanfer offers a wealth of insights into Brando s most significant
and invariably dysfunctional relationships as with his parents Marlon senior earned thaninvariably dysfunctional relationships as with his parents Marlon senior earned than to maintain his family in solid comfort Affection however was
In Short Supply He Grew Up Rudeshort supply He grew p rude misogynistic given to binge drinking and bullying As for Dorothy Dodie Brando the neighbors whispered that she was the kind of woman who saw the glass as half full That was because she had drunk the other halfToo many afternoons she disappeared into an alcohol saturated haze Poisoned Secrets (Murder and Mayhem unreachable by her children who included two daughters Frances Frannie and Jocelyn Tiddy Kanfer helps his reader tonderstand why once Brando became a father he was a dysfunctional parent Why while growing Safe Words up feeling inadeuate andnworthy he could not later accept praise or offer it to others And why he became convinced that if you want something from an audience you give blood to their fantasies It is the His To Claim (McBain Brothers Alpha, ultimate hustle I thought Kanfer s Somebody The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando was very articulate and well written It is obvious that a lot of research went into the writing of this book However my problem is that it was way too depressing and centred around the recklessness than the remarkable I could hardly read from chapter to chapter without feeling total despair and impending doom lurking around every corner On one hand one could say well the truth is the truth Nonetheless there are many different dimensions to any given situation Brando was difficult Brando was disorganized Brando wasnprepared and Brando was self centred Surely given Brando s intelligence and experience there was to the story than these often one sided interpretations That said there were moments of redemption for Brando but they were few and far between It s my opinion that there was too much negativity written about the man who was far sensitive and complex As well the treatment alone by the press was another element of the book that perturbed me For example after The Missouri Breaks opened one reviewer stated Marlon Brando at fifty two has the sloppy belly of a sixty two year old the white hair of a seventy two year old and the total lack of discipline of a precocious twelve year old The book is inundated with constant insults and disrespect for the man It is no wonder to me that Brando loved to curl The Black Sheeps Baby (Into The Heartland) (Into The Heartland) (Silhouette Intimate Moments, up on the couch with his dog Tim and block out a world that judged criticized and scrutinized him on a constant basis All the drama asideunless Brando visits me from the afterlife to tell me otherwise I will not let the negativity permeate his genius and passion Extremely good bio and analysis of a troubled talented soul Very well written And I hardly ever read books about movie stars I don t read many celebrity biographies but this was a decent and fair look at an infuriating and fascinating subject Literate too there were words in here that I didn t know so it s written above the standard tabloid journalism This has made me want to watch the good Brando films again On early BrandoKirk DouglasI wentp for a part in Truckline I didn t get it Bitter I went to see the play watched another actor play my role I loved the first two acts he was terrible I congratulated myself on how much better I would have been Suddenly in the third act he erupted electrifying the audience I thought My God he s good and looked in the programme for his name Marlon BrandoJohn Huston after a screeningChrist It was like a furnace door opening the heat came off the screen I don t know another actor who could do thatOn the torment of his tragic family lifeBrandoThe messenger of misery has visited my houseAfter his deathJack NicholsonMarlon Brando is one of the great men of the twentieth and twenty first centuries and we lesser mortals are obligated to cut through the shit and proclaim it This man has been my idol all of my professional life and I don t think I m alone in that The impact of movies is enormous and his impact in the movies was bigger than anyone else s everI think Marlon knew he was the greatest I don t think he dwelled on it nor did he ever say as much to me But come on there was a reason people expected so much from him right to the end That s why people always expected him to be working And believe me there were times when he told me he wanted to work and couldn t It disturbs me that toward the end all some people could speak about. Marlon Brando will never cease to fascinate s for his triumphs as an actor On the Waterfront The Godfather Last Tango in Paris as well as his disasters; for the power of the screen portrayals he gave and for his turbulent tumultuous personal life Seamlessly intertwining the man and the work Kanfer takes s through Brando's troubled childho. ,
Later on he didn t
bother to learn his lines at all he d have cue cards stuck all overto learn his lines at all he d have cue cards stuck all over place for instance on the shirt of the actor he was playing opposite and he d explain this by saying that in real life people didn t know what they were going to say before they said it So he would be looking around for the right cue card and that would be realistic He had wives ex wives and girlfriends all over the place He said he always had four or five plates spinning in the air meaning women so if one dumped him it didn t matter Pretty much none of it mattered to him Wives girlfriends one night stands whatever
did you say your name was From the age of 22 he just had to tilt eyebrow and they d be right there So many you couldn t countHe had a huge house on Mulholland Drive and some islands near Tahiti which were a money pit he thought he could turn them into an eco tourist paradise and it was a disaster He had a lot of kids and most of them did matter and there you get the other side of paradise which is the pure sheer hell of when your kids screw themselves Dangerous to Touch up so bad and you can t do anything I don t care if your name is Marlon fucking Brando So famously his oldest son shot and killed the boyfriend of his oldest daughter It was a whole circus you can imagine You think that was bad enough but no five years later the daughter hanged herself Everyone knows that this greatest screen actor of all time was mostly in total turkeys But did you know how many After Guys and Dolls in 1955 you have to waitntil The Godfather in 1972 for a movie people actually liked and only two of the SEVENTEEN movies made between 1955 and 1972 have you actually heard of 17 turkeys all in a row including Bedtime Story The Chase A Countess from Hong Kong I could go on The two you have heard of in this 16 year period were Mutiny on the Bounty and Reflections in a Golden Eye both of which were hated Time said about Mutiny on the Bounty it wanders through the hoarse platitudes of witless optimism Once Upon a Seduction (Its All About Attitude until at last it is swamped with sentimental bilge Oh yes and I gotta tell you this one In the preliminary discussions about Mutiny Marlon said they should shoot it in Tahiti a place which at that point he didn t actually know that much about So they went there because he suggested it and hired a group of Tahitian women on the spot to work as extras Their come hither looks turned out to benusable because their teeth were marred by brown stains and streaks the result of chewing betel nuts To cover these flaws they were reuired to wear temporary dentures Some five thousand were flown in from the United States The women were delighted they took the teeth caps andWhat did you say your name was From the age of 22 he just had to tilt
vanished to admire themselves in their home mirrorsto admire themselves in their home mirrors went missing for days The sand was eually disappointing It was black powdered lava Rodeo Daughter ugly to the camera Tons of white sand had to be trucked in from a faraway beach So this incredible reputation depends on seven performances A Streetcar Named DesireThe Wild OneOn the WaterfrontGuys and Dolls maybeThe GodfatherLast Tango in ParisApocalypse NowI must say that I just saw A Streetcar Named Desire for the first time and they re not wrong about the impact he has in that otherwise fairly kitschy melodrama he s brilliant And likewise in the other six listed above But when I look at the films of Robert de Niro I see fifteen great performances before he decided to phone it in and make all those stupid comedies So this is strange Marlon Brando is like Elvis Presley Wham From 1956 to 1959 Elvispended popular culture and gave the world rock and roll Then after 1960 he Xeroxed himself twice a year in those endless stupid musicals and otherwise ate burgers Marlon and Elvis the Burger Kings of popular cultureOn Bob Dylan s album Tempest he has a song Long and Wasted Years Bob has had a few himself the 1980s but Elvis and Marlon are the Lords of Wasted Years The great albums Elvis could have made but didn t the great movies Marlon could have made but didn t Instead he charged the earth for being in stuff like The Nightcomers The Freshman and Christopher Columbus Finally Francis Ford Coppola finished Apocalypse Now except for one tiny little thing he needed Brando for one last closeup The horror The horror No than an hour of his time Brando replied that he would have to pay for a whole day of his time which would be 70000 I m in the Marlon Brando business I sell Marlon Brando Would you go to the president of General Motors and ask him for a seventy thousand dollar favour So he had of everything than you can imagine money sex food fame adulation and also vituperation tragedy misery depressionI bet in the future they figure out a way that we can all be a famous person and live a year of their life like a participatory computer game A lot of people wouldn t mind being Marlon Brando in 1956 Nobody would want to be him after 1960 Elaine Stritch summed it all My Guilty Pleasure (Harlequin Blaze up There was never anyone remotely like Marlon Brando Thank Go. Ng light on the cultural evolution of Hollywood itself And he brings into focus Brando's self destructiveness his lifelong dissembling his deeply ambivalent feelings towards his chosen vocation and the tragedies that shadowed his final years This is a never before seen portrait of one of the most extraordinary talents of the twentieth centu.