Brando's Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work

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A groundbreaking work that reveals how Marlon Brando shaped his legacy in art and life.

When people think about Marlon Brando, they think of the movie star, the hunk, the scandals. In Brando’s Smile, Susan L. Mizruchi reveals 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 loved Emily Dickinson’s poetry.

To write this biography, Mizruchi gained unprecedented access to a vast number of annotated books from Brando’s library, hand-edited copies of screenplays, private letters, and recorded interviews that have never before been quoted in a biography. Original interviews with some of the still-living players from Brando’s life, including Ellen Adler, his one-time girlfriend and the daughter of his acting teacher Stella Adler, provide even deeper insight into the complex person whose intelligence belied the high-school dropout.

Mizruchi shows how Brando’s embrace of foreign cultures and social outsiders led to his brilliant performances in unusual roles―a gay man, an Asian, a German soldier―to test himself and to foster empathy on a global scale. We also meet the political Brando: the civil rights activist, the close friend of James Baldwin, the actor who declined his Oscar to support Indian rights.

More than seventy stunning―and many rare―photographs of Marlon Brando illuminate this portrait of the man who has left an astounding cultural legacy.

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About the Author:

Susan L. Mizruchi, a professor of English at Boston University, specializes in American literature, cultural history, and film.

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*Starred Review* Professor Mizruchi cleverly plays off Brando’s beefcake image in her book’s charming cover photograph and title, but note carefully the subtitle. This is no romantic tell-all but a rich look “over his shoulder” as Brando read and wrote comments in his much-loved collection of some 4,000 books. Mizruchi chased down 53 of 57 lots of Brando’s personal library, auctioned at Christie’s after his 2004 death, and she has gone through the books, newspaper and journal articles and reviews, scripts, and more, following Brando’s reading and annotating and using his acting career as the book’s frame (basically, from I Remember Mama on through The Score, with such powerhouses as On the Waterfront and The Godfather in between). It’s a brilliant strategy, a marvelous find, and an engaging, enlightening portrait of a human, a man seen in various portrayals as a sex machine, perhaps the greatest actor ever, and, toward the end, an overweight recluse. For Brando’s performance in Mutiny on the Bounty, for instance, he had more than 100 books on Polynesia alone. Mizruchi writes frankly, smartly, and wittily and quotes others as well to “explore the Brando that was not visible to the world in order to better understand the one that was.” --Eloise Kinney

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