Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Feast of ExcessA Cultural History of the New Sensibility$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 06 June 2020

The Wild One

The Wild One

Marlon Brando 1954

Chapter:
(p.49) { 3 } The Wild One
Source:
Feast of Excess
Author(s):

George Cotkin

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.003.0005

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

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .