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The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando

The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Mann, William J.

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Entertainment Weekly's BIG FALL BOOKS PREVIEW Selection Best Book of 2019 - Publisher's Weekly Based on new and revelatory material from Brando's own private archives, an award-winning film biographer presents a deeply-textured, ambitious, and definitive portrait of the greatest ...movie actor of the twentieth century, the elusive Marlon Brando, bringing his extraordinarily complex life into view as never before. The most influential movie actor of his era, Marlon Brando changed the way other actors perceived their craft. His approach was natural, honest, and deeply personal, resulting in performances-most notably in A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront-that are without parallel. Brando was heralded as the American Hamlet-the Yank who surpassed British stage royalty Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, and Ralph Richardson as the standard of greatness in the mid-twentieth century. Brando's impact on American culture matches his professional significance; he both challenged and codified our ideas of masculinity and sexuality. Brando was also one of the first stars to use his fame as a platform to address social, political, and moral issues, courageously calling out America's deeply rooted racism. William Mann's brilliant biography of the Hollywood legend illuminates this culture icon for a new age. Mann astutely argues that Brando was not only a great actor but also a cultural soothsayer, a Cassandra warning us about the challenges to come. Brando's admonitions against the monetization of nearly every aspect of the culture were prescient. His public protests against racial segregation and discrimination at the height of the Civil Rights movement-getting himself arrested at least once-were criticized as being needlessly provocative. Yet those actions of fifty years ago have become a model many actors follow today. Psychologically astute and masterfully researched, based on new and revelatory material, The Contender explores the star and the man in full, including the childhood traumas that reverberated through his professional and personal life. It is a dazzling biography of our nation's greatest actor that is sure to become an instant classic. The Contender includes sixteen pages of photographs.
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ISBN 9780062427724
Released NZ 11 May 2021
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780062427724
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; delivery usually 20-30 working days due to covid19 delays
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint HarperPaperbacks
Released 11 May 2021
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Mann, William J.
Category Individual Actors & Performers
Performing Arts: Films, Cinema
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Number of Pages 736
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 38mm
Dewey Code 791.43028092
Weight 795g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Motion picture actors and actresses - Biography - United States
NBS Text Biography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade

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