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6/10
On the Waterfront
Dir: Elia Kazan
1954

A classic which has not withstood the test of time untarnished. The ups pivot around its stomach-wrenching portrayal of man’s apathy in the face of fear, right up until the end, with no Hollywood “I am Spartacus” turns. Brando plays a naïve or stupid “bum” who gradually sees the light, with the help of the local priest, and is persuaded to become a “rat” by standing up against the local gangster in a court of law. The antiquated downs are the tough man vs weak and innocent woman, and the predominance of the words of the Lord as the only social action available to restore the unions (and faith).

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