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On the Waterfront

Elia Kazan / US, 1954 / 108 min.

Marlon Brando is at the peak of his acting powers as the tragic has-been boxer and dockworker Terry Malloy who decides to confront a mob boss. The film won eight Oscars. Screening of a  35mm restored print from Eye’s collection.

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Terry faces a deepening emotional crisis in On the Waterfront. He has to decide whether to remain loyal to union boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J.Cobb), a man who has ties with the mafia, and Johnny's right hand who happens to be Terry's brother (Rod Steiger). In the meantime the police are on their heels and Terry inadvertently causes the death of a rebellious dockworker.

Elia Kazan turned his lively and naturalistic drama into an indictment against social injustice, peppered with streetwise dialogue. On the Waterfront became a sensation overnight and won eight Oscars, including awards for best film, director, actor, screenplay and supporting actress (Eva Marie Saint).

Leonard Bernstein wrote the score for this masterpiece of urban poetry about personal failure and institutional corruption.

Brando’s celebrated monologue still tugs at the heart:

"I coulda' had class. I coulda' been a contender. I could've been somebody..."

Screening of a restored 35mm print from Eye’s collection.



Elia Kazan

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On the Waterfront


108 min.







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Eye’s collection includes a wealth of classics. We screen them regularly, in various programmes. Eye now brings film history even closer with its new series Eye Classics: three classics a week, chosen by Eye's programmers. On the big screen, screened in 35mm whenever possible.

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