On the Waterfront – Required Viewing

I am not sure if this is the first installment of the “Required Viewing” subtitle or not, but I am thinking yes maybe.  To break it down for you, I am working on creating a list of movies that I enjoy, write a little bit about each one explaining why they are “Required Viewing” and include a synopsis and whatever available media there is on the film. 

Have you seen On the Waterfront?  You will start a lifelong love affair with Eva Marie Saint, she is amazing.  Add it to your NetFlix queue, I think it is only available in DVD form from there, but that gets you the special feature extra back story making portion menu and that is what will change your entire understanding of the film.

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On the Waterfront is a 1954 American crime drama film about union violence and corruption among longshoremen. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and written by Budd Schulberg. It stars Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, and, in her film debut, Eva Marie Saint. The soundtrack score was composed by Leonard Bernstein. It is based on “Crime on the Waterfront”, a series of articles in the New York Sun by Malcolm Johnson. The series won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. The stories detailed widespread corruption, extortion and racketeering on the waterfronts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.

On the Waterfront received 12 Academy Award nominations, winning eight, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint, and Best Director for Kazan. It is Leonard Bernstein’s only original film score not adapted from a stage production with songs.


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