When people think about Marlon Brando, they think of the film star, the hunk and the scandals. Susan L. Mizruchi finds the Brando others have missed: the man who collected four thousand books; the man who rewrote scripts, trimming his lines to make them sharper; the man who consciously used his body and employed the objects around him to create believable characters; the man who used his fame to foster American Indian and civil rights. From Brando's letters, audiotapes and annotated screenplays and books - many never before available - Mizruchi gives us a complex person whose intelligence belies the school dropout. She shows how Brando's embrace of foreign cultures and outsiders led to brilliant performances in unusual roles, fostering empathy on a global scale. In portraying a fuller Brando, Mizruchi portrays a more fascinating man than the one we thought we knew.
About the Author
Susan L. Mizruchi, a professor of English at Boston University, specialises in American literature, cultural history and film. Her most recent work was The Rise of Multicultural America.
Renowned cultural scholar Susan L. Mizruchi explores the Brando that was not visible to the world in order to better understand the one that was a Brando that was independent of the public persona and often at odds with it. "
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 27th July 2014
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.8 x 4.0