The Contender

The Story of Marlon Brando
CD - unabridged
Audio (18 discs)
Product Number: DD44275
Released: Oct 15, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781982661700
Narrator/s: Will Damron
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Based on new and revelatory material from BrandoA??s own private archives, an award-winning film biographer presents a deeply-textured, ambitious, and definitive portrait of the greatest movie actor of the twentieth century, the elusive Marlon Brando, bringing his extraordinarily complex life into view as never before. The most influential movie actor of his era, Marlon Brando changed the way other actors perceived their craft. His approach was natural, honest, and deeply personal, resulting in performancesA??most notably in A Streetcar Named Desire and On the WaterfrontA??that are without parallel. Brando was heralded as the American HamletA??the Yank who surpassed British stage royalty Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, and Ralph Richardson as the standard of greatness in the mid-twentieth century. BrandoA??s impact on American culture matches his professional significance; he both challenged and codified our ideas of masculinity and sexuality. Brando was also one of the first stars to use his fame as a platform to address social, political, and moral issues, courageously calling out AmericaA??s deeply rooted racism. William MannA??s brilliant biography of the Hollywood legend illuminates this culture icon for a new age. Mann astutely argues that Brando was not only a great actor but also a cultural soothsayer, a Cassandra warning us about the challenges to come. BrandoA??s admonitions against the monetization of nearly every aspect of the culture were prescient. His public protests against racial segregation and discrimination at the height of the Civil Rights movementA??getting himself arrested at least onceA??were criticized as being needlessly provocative. Yet those actions of fifty years ago have become a model many actors follow today. Psychologically astute and masterfully researched, based on new and revelatory material, The Contender explores the star and the man in full, including the childhood traumas that reverberated through his professional and personal life. It is a dazzling biography of our nationA??s greatest actor that is sure to become an instant classic. Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

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Author(s): William J. Mann
Narrator(s): Will Damron
Product Number Z100144171
Released: Oct 15, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: #9780062930972
Author(s): William J. Mann
Product Number EB00736191
Released: Oct 15, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062427656

Professional reviews

"Mann's well-researched biography of the complex and acclaimed actor Marlon Brando, well known for his social and political causes, is skillfully narrated by Will Damron. Damron's measured baritone is a perfect match to the sprawling artistic arcs of the subject's life. His quiet and intimate narration style quickly captures the listener's attention and easily maintains interest. The work emphasizes Brando's depression, pain, and loneliness and discusses his alcoholic parents as having set his perspectives and sensibilities early in his life. Brando's many films, successful and not successful, are explored only within the context of the drama of his lived experience. This is especially enjoyable listening for American cinema fans. W.A.G. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"