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Brando's Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work

Brando's Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work

Author: Susan L. Mizruchi
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When people think about Marlon Brando, they think of the movie star, the hunk, the scandals. In Brando's Smile, Susan L. Mizruchi reveals the Brando others have missed: the man who collected four thousand books; the man who rewrote scripts, trimming his lines to make them sharper; the man who consciously used his body and employed the objects around him to create believable characters; the man who loved Emily Dickinson's poetry. To write this biography, Mizruchi gained unprecedented access to a vast number of annotated books from Brando's library, hand-edited copies of screenplays, private letters, and recorded interviews that have never before been quoted in a biography. Original interviews with some of the still-living players from Brando's life, including Ellen Adler, his one-time girlfriend and the daughter of his acting teacher Stella Adler, provide even deeper insight into the complex person whose intelligence belied the high-school dropout. Mizruchi shows how Brando's embrace of foreign cultures and social outsiders led to his brilliant performances in unusual roles-a gay man, an Asian, a German soldier-to test himself and to foster empathy on a global scale. We also meet the political Brando: the civil rights activist, the close friend of James Baldwin, the actor who declined his Oscar to support Indian rights. More than seventy stunning-and many rare-photographs of Marlon Brando illuminate this portrait of the man who has left an astounding cultural legacy.

Author description

Susan L. Mizruchi, a professor of English at Boston University, specializes in American literature, cultural history, and film.

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General Fields

  • : 9780393351200
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : June 2015
  • : 211mm X 140mm X 33mm
  • : United States
  • : July 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Susan L. Mizruchi
  • : Paperback
  • : 791.43028092
  • : 512
  • : 78 illustrations