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It was interesting to get a perspective on the life of this infamous actor The book doesn t seem to have too much of a perspective, which is good and bad I would recommend it for informational purposes. I could always hold my breath longer than anyone else. @READ DOWNLOAD ê Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando ⚞ Marlon Brando Will Never Cease To Fascinate Us For His Triumphs As An Actor On The Waterfront, The Godfather, Last Tango In Paris , As Well As His Disasters For The Power Of The Screen Portrayals He Gave, And For His Turbulent, Tumultuous Personal Life Seamlessly Intertwining The Man And The Work, Kanfer Takes Us Through Brando S Troubled Childhood, To His Arrival In New York In The S, Where He Studied With The Legendary Stella Adler, And At The Age Of Twenty Three Became The Toast Of Broadway In A Streetcar Named Desire Kanfer Expertly Examines Each Of Brando S Films From The Men In To The Score In Making Clear The Evolution Of Brando S Singular Genius, While Also Shedding Light On The Cultural Evolution Of Hollywood Itself And He Brings Into Focus Brando S Self Destructiveness, His Lifelong Dissembling, His Deeply Ambivalent Feelings Towards His Chosen Vocation, And The Tragedies That Shadowed His Final Years This Is A Never Before Seen Portrait Of One Of The Most Extraordinary Talents Of The Twentieth Century Extremely good bio and analysis of a troubled, talented soul Very well written And I hardly ever read books about movie stars. Kanfer seems to have poured over all available research resources that include books and articles by and about Brando and interviews of those who were associated with him at various points in his life and career as well as any other relevant historical material that would help to establish a frame of reference for dominant influences and major developments in Brando s reckless life and remarkable career Kanfer offers a wealth of insights into Brando s most significant and invariably dysfunctional relationships, as with his parents Marlon senior earned than enough to maintain his family in solid comfort Affection, however, was in short supply He grew up rude and misogynistic, given to binge drinking and bullying As for Dorothy Dodie Brando, the neighbors whispered that she was the kind of woman who saw the glass as half full That was because she had drunk the other halfToo many afternoons she disappeared into an alcohol saturated haze, unreachable by her children who included two daughters, Frances Frannie and Jocelyn Tiddy Kanfer helps his reader to understand why, once Brando became a father, he was a dysfunctional parent Why, while growing up feeling inadequate and unworthy, he could not later accept praise or offer it to others And why he became convinced that if you want something from an audience, you give blood to their fantasies It is the ultimate hustle. It s very hard to keep my thoughts on Brando separated from my thoughts on the book I can t quite put a finger on how accurate it is since it s the first I read on him, but meanwhile I d read articles and another bio thingy Sophia Loren s autobiography, which is what made me curious about Brando in the first place and in those I found additional information, some contradicting those that were in this very book for instance, was Monty Clift his rival, his friend or wait for it his lover Did Brando hit on Loren like she claims, or insult her from the start like he claims I believe Loren, for the record But such info belong to gossip columns, rather, I would have loved to read little trivia on the Oscar pictures with Grace Kelly or the cheesecake episode with Frank Sinatra What can I say, I m a sucker for those things and I like very detailed biographies Still, Kanfer does provide a lot of info on Brando s movies and his varying commitment to them, as well as to social justice matters although something on him and Martin Luther King would have been nice , and most sections really affected me in terms of interest for Brando s work and in personal terms too I now feel like I understand the guy, which is what counts, and reaching the last section I found myself thinking back of that day of July 2004 where my family and I were on our way to the Alps and read of Brando s death on a newspaper My uncle was so shocked you d have believed he thought him immortal Not that he isn t. On early Brando Kirk Douglas I went up for a part in Truckline I didn t get it Bitter, I went to see the play, watched another actor play my role I loved the first two acts he was terrible I congratulated myself on how much better I would have been Suddenly, in the third act, he erupted, electrifying the audience I thought, My God, he s good and looked in the programme for his name Marlon Brando John Huston, after a screening Christ It was like a furnace door opening the heat came off the screen I don t know another actor who could do that On the torment of his tragic, family life Brando The messenger of misery has visited my house After his death Jack Nicholson Marlon Brando is one of the great men of the twentieth and twenty first centuries, and we lesser mortals are obligated to cut through the shit and proclaim it This man has been my idol all of my professional life, and I don t think I m alone in that The impact of movies is enormous, and his impact in the movies was bigger than anyone else s ever.I think Marlon knew he was the greatest I don t think he dwelled on it, nor did he ever say as much to me But, come on, there was a reason people expected so much from him right to the end That s why people always expected him to be working And believe me, there were times when he told me he wanted to work and couldn t It disturbs me that toward the end, all some people could speak about was his weight. This biography of Marlon Brando by Stefan Kanfer was a very satisfying read I enjoy reading books about figures from the film industry, but too often these types of books lean too heavily towards celebrity gossip and don t devote enough attention to the movies themselves, which, to me, is what makes these people interesting This book does contain gossip, of course A book about Marlon Brando wouldn t be complete without it, but it also describes the production, release, and reception of each of Brando s many movies, as well as a lot of insight into his approach to his craft and his ambivalence to his fame Kanfer does get into psychobiography a bit, which is something I usually have little patience for, but with a subject like Brando it s understandable and unavoidable Fortunately, Kanfer doesn t overdo it This is a smart and thoughtful book, but it also contains its share of fun facts, such as that Brando and Wally Cox TV s Mister Peepers, but to me he ll always primarily be the voice of Underdog were childhood friends And that Edward G Robinson was among the actors considered to play the part of Vito Corleone in The Godfather I can t say that they made a wrong choice by going with Brando, but I do love trying to imagine old Edward G in that role Many years ago, I read Kanfer s biography of Groucho Marx I ve read a lot of books about Groucho, so I can t say I remember any particulars about that particular book Given how much I liked his Marlon Brando book, I may have to revisit his Groucho book I ll also have to give his biography of Lucille Ball a try at some point. I don t read many celebrity biographies, but this was a decent and fair look at an infuriating and fascinating subject Literate, too there were words in here that I didn t know, so it s written above the standard tabloid journalism This has made me want to watch the good Brando films again. It is hard to justify the blurb s characterisation of this book as a definitive book on Brando there are dozens of others, of course, including Peter Manso s 1000 page monster , but it is certainly a well written roadmap through a bizarre and extraordinary life Brando is probably the most influential actor in the history of Hollywood Streetcar, Waterfront, Godfather, Last Tango, Apocalypse Now and also made outright turkeys than any other leading actor almost everything in the 1960s and after Apocalypse similarly, he always took pains to trash the acting profession completely and to cynically boast that he would sweep up the set if Paramount paid him 3m for doing that his going rate in his late period Born of alcoholic parents, he always had a morbid fear of mental illness, and, with the help of the Method, turned this vulnerability allied to his amazing physical beauty, at least when young, before he got to 300lb into a new form of acting, which became a model As Michael Winner, of all people, noted, before him actors acted, and after him, they behaved Famously impossible on set, Brando would refuse to learn his lines on the basis that people in real life did not do this though Brando s experience of reality as usually lived was quite limited one might assay , and idiot cards would have to be stuck on the set, on lamps, backs of doors on ceilings, which may also account for his famous pauses He would also insist on script changes, often ad libbed on the spot such as Kurtz s bonkers speech at the end of Apocalypse, which makes the film truly memorable and not just another lament for Americans fucking up in Vietnam and create his own look disastrously on Missouri Breaks but brilliantly on Godfather As he became successful, Brando became increasingly interested in politics, and setn a Native American woman to collect his Oscar, which then backfired badly when it emerged that she was not a true Indian and had won a Miss Vampire contest in 1970 This sort of typifies his well meaning but dilettantist approach to emancipatory politics likewise his decampment to the South Seas island of Tetiora, which he bought for 70K, after acting brilliantly as Mister Christian the remake of Mutiny on the Bounty 1962 This was his refuge from the pressures of being Marlon Brando, though obviously only possible if you actually were Brando in the first place he hoped to turn this into an eco paradise but it became a living hell, with the killing of his daughter s boyfriend by his drunk son, and then the suicide of the daughter As his fame grew, so did his girth and he became a figure of some fun Tennesse Williams cattily joked that Marlon was being paid by the pound Likewise, his wives and children accumulated Marlon had three wives, numreous children by various women and innumerable affairs , which forced him to take any offers going, usually for 3 5m, on which he wasted his talent with studied indifference His death, living as a virtual recluse, too obese to leave his house which was next door to Michael Jackson s is really quite sad and pitiful to read Jack Nicholson bought his house for 5m after his death and found it to be almost derelict and full of mould, encapuslating the general feeling of neglect of the physical that typifies the life described in this book.