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Trailers from Hell: John Badham on Elia Kazan's 'On the Waterfront,' Starring Marlon Brando

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood February 4, 2013 at 10:52AM

Marlon Brando week begins at Trailers from Hell with director John Badham introducing Elia Kazan's multi-Oscar winner "On the Waterfront."
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"On the Waterfront"
"On the Waterfront"

Marlon Brando week begins at Trailers from Hell with director John Badham introducing Elia Kazan's multi-Oscar winner "On the Waterfront."

Elia Kazan's multi-Oscar winner was based on actual characters and events surrounding then-rampant extortion, racketeering and corruption on the docks of New York. Movie history would have played out differently had producer Sam Spiegel cast his original choice Frank Sinatra instead of Marlon Brando, whose electrifying performance revolutionized screen acting overnight. Despite this, Brando told Truman Capote "the first time I saw Waterfront, in a projection room with Gadge, I thought it was so terrible I walked out without even speaking to him." Film debuts of Eva Marie Saint, Martin Balsam, Pat Hingle and Fred Gwynne.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.