Pale Wire (Popscene)

Sunday, July 04, 2004

"An Icon and an Iconoclast"


NYTimes's film critic A.O. Scott on Marlon Brando:

If rebellion was the younger Mr. Brando's great theme, power was the preoccupation of his maturity. Is there a more complete, persuasive and ultimately enigmatic portrait of patriarchal authority than Vito Corleone? Has the desperate vulnerability that underlies the male drive toward sexual domination ever been explored with the raw precision of "Last Tango in Paris"?

Those films made Brando a movie star once more, after which he condescended, from time to time, to remind us what a great actor he could be — partly by refusing, ever again, to act like one.


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