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Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando

Stefan Kanfer

ISBN: 9781400078042

Marlon Brando is a perpetually fascinating character. Kanfer explores the life of this iconic artist, seamlessly intertwining the man and his work to give the full and illuminating appraisal of one of the 20th century's most extraordinary talents.

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Stefan Kanfer, acclaimed biographer of Lucille Ball and Groucho Marx, now gives us the definitive life of Marlon Brando, seamlessly intertwining the man and the work to give us a stunning and illuminating appraisal. Beginning with Brando's turbulent childhood, Kanfer follows him to New York where he made his star-making Broadway debut as Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at age twenty-three. Brando then decamped for Hollywood, and Kanfer looks at each of Brando's films over the years--from "The Men" in 1950 to "The Score" in 2001--offering deft and insightful analysis of his sometimes brilliant, sometimes baffling performances. And, finally, Kanfer brings into focus Brando's self-destructiveness, ambivalence toward his craft, and the tragedies that shadowed his last years.
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