Touched By This

Elia Kazan on Marlon Brando’s exterior toughness vs. inner gentleness and tenderness: “When Marlon plays those love scenes with Eva Marie Saint, I’m broken up. When he’s asking her to understand him. A tough guy revealing a side to himself that you didn’t expect…something in the audience that they recognize…some sort of tenderness…and at the same time he was a sonafabitch, a bad person, a betrayer.

“And yet people wanted to reach out and help him. I was lucky to have him. He’s both hardy and indifferent, and at the same time wants you to love him very much. That one person would need so much from another person. He had that ambivalence.

“We all do, don’t we? We all marry or hopefully marry or hopefully hook up with some lady [who’s] gonna make us feel ‘we’re okay’ or ‘we’re better’ and all that. We search for it and want it and crave it and all that, and sometime it happens and sometimes it happens for a while. And something in that basic story, I think, is what stirs people. Not the social-political thing so much as the human element.”

  • Dr. New Jersey

    Elia Kazan made one of the greatest of all time with On the Waterfront and those that did not clap for him in 1999 still have not been forgiven by the Movie Godz.

  • YCo

    One of my all-time favorite movie scenes is Brando playing with Eva Marie Saint’s gloves, trying them on, playfully and gently teasing her while they walk. Magic.

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  • Edward

    One of the great films and ensembles. What a cast.