The Effect of Brando’s Stanley on the Future of Film

                  Marlon Brando did not win the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1951 for his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire; it went to Humphrey Bogart for The African Queen, directed by John Huston. Though Brando did not win, it can be said that this one performance had more of an impact on modern acting than any other.

         His performance paved the way for method acting to take a prominent role in American cinema. Method acting is a style of acting in which the actor tries to replicate real-life emotional conditions so that the character comes across as real as possible. Brando’s use of this style for portraying Stanley made the character so much more real. The character is an animal, and Brando’s ability to portray that in every aspect made his performance one of the best in cinematic history. One of Brando’s contemporaries, Tony Curtis said, “Marlon Brando is the epitome of actors today, and all actors since the 1950s have been mimicking him.” His gritty, rough, anti-hero performance in Streetcar opened the door for actors like Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, and Sean Penn.

         Brando passed away in 2004, but his influence on acting will be forgotten.

Justin Wylie

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