ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)

Dir. Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan and cinematographer Boris Kauffman turned an artist's eye on the docks of Hoboken for this multiple Oscar-winner, creating images that return to their original power in this restoration from Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Film Foundation. A trailblazer in its depiction of union corruption, Kazan's film still seems, as the Hollywood Reporter first reviewed it, "as fresh and terrifying as today's newspaper." Part of its strength lies in the script by Budd Schulberg, who spent years on the waterfront soaking up atmosphere. It also owes much to its cast, including screen legend Marlon Brando, Actor's Studio alums Rod Steiger, Lee J. Cobb and Karl Malden, and, in her first film, Eva Marie Saint, who hosts this screening. Brando's Terry Malloy, a former boxer who discovers a conscience and turns on the mobsters employing his lawyer brother (Steiger), is one of the most iconic personae the actor created.

In attendance: Eva Marie Saint.

ON THE WATERFRONT
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