Last night was the first time I saw On The Waterfront. I got a tape from the Carnegie Library here in Pittsburgh and the movie stands up to the hype. A young Marlon Brando stars as Terry Malloy, an uneducated dock worker and ex-professional boxer who stands up to the corrupt union leadership. The film won eight Academy Awards in 1954 and Brando’s performance popularized the “intense, gritty virtues of Method acting” that influenced a generation of actors.
Good movies have a lot to teach writers about “show don’t tell.” Just like a flim a writer has to write in scenes to give characters a chance to directly interact the way they do in Woman, Wife and Lover, Love Hurts and Girls Kissing Girls.
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