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MKE Film: On The Waterfront

Date(s) - Monday, November 19th
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Oriental Theater

As a Community Partner, Milwaukee Film will be screening two films with Blacklist connections. Join Jewish Museum Milwaukee and Milwaukee Film to watch On the Waterfront, a 1954 American crime drama film directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando.

On the Waterfront tells the story of dockworker Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) who had been an up-and-coming boxer until powerful local mob boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) persuaded him to throw a fight. When a longshoreman is murdered before he can testify about Friendly’s control of the Hoboken waterfront, Terry teams up with the dead man’s sister Edie (Eva Marie Saint) and the streetwise priest Father Barry (Karl Malden) to testify himself, against the advice of Friendly’s lawyer, Terry’s older brother Charley (Rod Steiger).

On the Waterfront is widely considered to be Elia Kazan’s answer to those who criticized him for identifying eight Communists in the film industry before HUAC in 1952.  The film also features Lee J. Cobb and was written by Budd Schulberg, both considered friendly witnesses who identified supposed Communist influences in Hollywood for HUAC. On the Waterfront was a critical and commercial success, and received eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, and Best Director for Kazan.

Film Screening – 7:00 pm
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Jewish Museum Milwaukee will be exploring the films that reveal Kazan’s own feelings about testifying for HUAC on Thursday, January 31, 7:00 pm. Please join us for Hollywood’s Friendly Witness: Elia Kazan.

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