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on February 4, 2016
I have read several books about Marlon Brando over the years including Brando's own autobiography. Patricia Bosworth, the author of an excellent biography of Montgomery Clift, does an very good. job of researching and telling a fascinating story about one of America's best actors. Brando is an actor with a lot of baggage. He had a life long hate for his father and a compulsively needy love for his alcoholic mother. Marlon had 9 children with various wives and lovers. Despite great praise for his work on the stage and film in Streetcar and in films like On the Waterfront and The Godfather, he considered acting as a trivial profession.
Patricia Bosworth has an involving writing style that captured my interest. In clear prose, she discussed how Brando's personal life would get in the way of his acting life. Brando as a human being was oftentimes eccentric and strange. Her stories behind the scenes of The Godfather and Last Tango made for compelling reading.
Highly recommended.
The kindle edition was outstanding.
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on May 18, 2017
Fairly good bio of Brando, written while he was still living, and so Bosworth quotes from Brando's own autobiography. I understand that she was working under a limit, and as others pointed out, Bosworth could have written a richer and fuller bio had she been given the room.
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on February 22, 2013
Patricia Bosworth writes in an easy, engaging style, and tells her story about the life and career of Marlon Brando, as fascinating an actor as American movies have ever featured, briskly. Too briskly, I'd say. She's good on his growing up and breakthrough-in-New York years, especially on his iconoclastic and iconic production role in A Streetcar Named Desire. But she becomes consistently less interested in his work and the movies he appeared in. It may be said in her defense that Brando became less interested in his work, too -- the few minutes he appeared in Superman truly don't require much explication. But there must be quite a lot more to be said of his methods for creating The Godfather and his follow-up genial spoof of the role in The Freshman, Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, and even Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls. I'd like to know more about how he interacted with some of the great directors of his time and his co-stars, not for personal gossip but rather in a critical/analytical way. The author is not up for that. She recognizes with The Wild One, On the Waterfront and Last Tango in Paris as his important performances, but Brando's failures, near misses and even the provocative potboilers are worth a look and must have much more to offer about acting and filmmaking if an author delves in with interest. She is dutiful and little more about Viva Zapata, The Men, One-Eyed Jacks, Julius Caesar, Mutiny on the Bounty, Reflections in a Golden Eye and Burn! She all but ignores everything else. The man had a longer life and left more indelible portrayals than interest her. Too bad. There are other bios on the market (as she acknowledges) and I'll turn to them for a more detailed and engaging view of this willful, perhaps self-destructive genius.
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on October 17, 2013
A brief glimpse of acting genius. An artist with compasion for others as well. His influence is still being felt 60 yrs. later. While described as difficult at times, there was also loyalty,and curiosity. Patricia Bosworth does a good turn with the Brando legend.
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on March 9, 2014
I found that this book does not have much first hand account. Much is taken from other books. Decent book, it is rushed at the end.
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on July 13, 2015
Good, but not very, very good!
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on December 12, 2012
Interesting biography of a complicated personality and talented actor.No new facts are presented by the author but information is presented in a sympathetic way.
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on March 14, 2013
Surprisingly poorly written but has enough of interest to hold you in short spurts. Not enough personal insight to suit me.
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on March 3, 2017
By the way, there is a wonderful biography on Brando by Patricia Bosworth (“Marlon Brando”). Anyone seriously interested in the craft of acting needs to have her book in their library.
I loved it.
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on May 8, 2014
Brando,

This book basically told of how immature Brando was. And I never thought much of his method acting either.
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