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"On the Waterfront" in 35mm at Loew's Jersey

Posted: Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:45 pm
by Loew'sJersey
July 27 at 8PM

Part of Shadows Of The Blacklist: "The Caine Mutiny", "Force of Evil" and "On the Waterfront"
On The BIG Screen at Loew’s Jersey January 26 & 27

“On the Waterfront” Starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint, Pat Henning. Directed by Elia Kazan. 1954, 107mins., B&W. Screened in 35mm.

$8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Kids for this screening.
Combo pricing available for seeing more than one film in a series.

“On the Waterfront” is a gritty, sometimes brutal, but also thoughtful and moving film based on newspaper accounts of mob corruption among longshoremen and the efforts to clean it up in the Port of New York, and was famously filmed on location in and around the docks of Hoboken, NJ. But the story of Mob informers is also often seen as an allegory to the decision by some to cooperate and “name names” in the Red Scare investigations that led to the Blacklisting of scores of people in the movie business in the 1950s.

Marlon Brando is a ne’er-do-well, washed-up boxer whose brother, played by Rod Steiger, is a crooked union lawyer. Brando witness the murder of a dock worker that was ordered by the Mob-connected union boss, Lee J. Cobb, because the man was going to talk to a crime commission investigating corruption on the waterfront. At first Brando is content to follow the unwritten code on the docks, and say nothing – “play deaf and dumb” – about what he knows. But then he starts to fall for the dead man’s young sister, Eva Marie Saint. And he also starts to listen to “the Waterfront priest”, played by Karl Malden and based on a real Catholic priest who ministered to dock workers, imploring them to rise above the corrupt milieu in which they worked and lived. The story unfolds as Brando’s character struggles with his conscience as priest Malden implores him to “do the right thing” and turn in the corrupt Union boss and his minions.

Director Elia Kazan and screenwriter Budd Schulberg famously informed on suspected Communists before a government committee -- unlike many of their colleagues, some of whom went to prison for refusing to "name names" and many more of whom were blacklisted from working in the film industry for many years to come – so the screenplay has often been read as an elaborate defense of the informers’ position. (And Lee J. Cobb who had at first refused to cooperate with Red Scare investigations, ultimately also did “name names”.)

The film is an extraordinary mix of elements both coarse and refined -- harsh realism and art at its most quietly elegant -- in a coherent and compelling whole that still holds up more than 60 years later. The acting is uniformly superb and imparts an aura of truth, and the decision to shoot on location in northern New Jersey gives the film a powerful sense of immediacy and realism. But in a subtle, yet powerfully effective counterpoint, Leonard Bernstein's music (his only film score), imparts a very subtle operatic quality to the otherwise realist film. “On the Waterfront” won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Brando, Best Supporting Actress for Saint, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Editing.

The Loew's Jersey is a place where the great movie going experience is still alive -- a classic movie palace, a 50 foot wide screen, and a real pipe organ for entrance music before most shows!

The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ. We are located directly across JFK Blvd from the JSQ PATH Station with trains to New York & Newark’s Penn Station. Close to NJ Turnpike & Holland Tunnel. Discounted off street parking in Square Ramp Garage.

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