Brando's Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work (Hardcover)

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To write this biography, Mizruchi gained unprecedented access to a vast number of annotated books from Brando's library, hand-edited copies of screenplays, private letters, and recorded interviews that have never before been quoted in a biography. Original interviews with some of the still-living players from Brando's life, including Ellen Adler, his one-time girlfriend and the daughter of his acting teacher Stella Adler, provide even deeper insight into the complex person whose intelligence belied the high-school dropout.

Mizruchi shows how Brando's embrace of foreign cultures and social outsiders led to his brilliant performances in unusual roles--a gay man, an Asian, a German soldier--to test himself and to foster empathy on a global scale. We also meet the political Brando: the civil rights activist, the close friend of James Baldwin, the actor who declined his Oscar to support Indian rights.

More than seventy stunning--and many rare--photographs of Marlon Brando illuminate this portrait of the man who has left an astounding cultural legacy.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393082869
ISBN-10: 0393082865
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: June 23rd, 2014
Pages: 469
Language: English