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*Introduced by film historian Richard Koszarski, author of the new book “Keep ‘Em in the East”: Kazan, Kubrick and the Postwar New York Renaissance.

U.S., 1954
Directed by Elia Kazan
Starring Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger
Screenplay by Budd Schulberg
Cinematography by Boris Kaufman
Music by Leonard Bernstein.
DCP. Approx. 108 min.

“I coulda been a contender,” agonizes Marlon Brando’s pigeon-raising ex-pug Terry Malloy, as he gets mixed up in corruption and murder in a Hoboken longshoremen’s union, thanks to brother/mob mouthpiece Rob Steiger, then must face victim’s sister Eva Marie Saint. Winner of 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenplay (Budd Schulberg) and Cinematography (Boris Kaufman).

Presented with support from the Robert Jolin Osborne Endowed Fund for American Classic Cinema.


“A landmark in any history of New York filmmaking.”
– Richard Koszarski, “Keep ’em in the East”: Kazan, Kubrick, and the Postwar New York Film Renaissance

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