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Feast of ExcessA Cultural History of the New Sensibility$
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George Cotkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190218478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.001.0001

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The Wild One

The Wild One

Marlon Brando 1954

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Feast of Excess

George Cotkin

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores Marlon Brando’s acting style in two films from 1954, The Wild One and On the Waterfront. He employed a sort of excessively minimalist style to convey both seething sexuality and undercurrents of violence. Both of these aspects would become central to the New Sensibility. The chapter fits Brando, as both actor and individual, into a stream of rebellion beginning to stir in American culture (especially publication of the Kinsey Report), as well as within the context of Cold War. His rebellion spoke to young Americans, concerned about the horror of annihilation through atomic warfare and the perceived hypocrisy of the older generation.

Keywords:   Marlon Brando, film, sexuality, Kinsey Report, Cold War, The Wild One, On the Waterfront

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