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Robert Brustein

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300115772

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300115772.001.0001

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People and Places

People and Places

(p.171) Part Three People and Places (p.172)
Millennial Stages

Robert Brustein

Yale University Press

This chapter begins with a book by Patricia Bosworth on the subject of Marlon Brando. Its inclusion in the list of Penguin titles has raised many eyebrows. The reason is not because Penguin is devoted to high cultural figures. A book on Crazy Horse is included, and so is a projected work on Elvis Presley. If Brando seems misplaced in this company, it is because, though unquestionably an acting genius, he has so often cheapened and abused his prodigious talent. Profoundly scornful of his profession, indifferent toward his artistry, repelled by his own character, he is, in fact, so uninterested in his public self that he refused to be interviewed for this book. For Brando, acting has always triggered his deepest contempt. The reasons for this have something to do with the man and something to do with the Hollywood culture that spawned and exploited him. Bosworth's most valuable contributions to a large Brando biography industry are her speculations about the social and psychological conditions that sparked his apparent self-loathing.

Keywords:   Patricia Bosworth, Marlon Brando, Penguin titles, acting genius, talent, self-loathing, Hollywood

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