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Actor + Director | 40 Great Collaborations In Movies
10. Marlon Brando & Elia Kazan   View Complete List Back Page 10/40 Next

Elia Kazan
Marlon Brando

Best Film
This one's really tough: women tend to pick Streetcar, men to pick On The Waterfront as the young Brando's greatest role. It really comes down to whether you're more impressed by a "Stellllaaaaa!" or a "coulda been a contender" - and on that basis, we'll choose Waterfront by a nosehair.
Notable Pairings
A Streetcar Named Desire, On The Waterfront, Viva Zapata!

What's The Secret Of Their Success?
We all know that Marlon Brando was the greatest actor of his generation, perhaps the greatest screen actor who ever lived. But for all that, he could be moody, difficult and merely OK for the wrong director, so for Elia Kazan to have dragged two of the great all-time performances out of him is no mean feat. For all the controversy that both men attracted in their lives, for a brief and glorious moment they could do no wrong together.

Were They As Good With Anyone Else?
Brando cemented his reputation later on in The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, while Kazan went on to make East of Eden and Serpent in the Grass. But his career was damaged by his co-operation with the McCarthyite witch hunts, and he never quite recaptured that Brando magic.

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