‘Bernstein in Chichester’ was a major local event in 2018, and I was delighted to involve the 27th Film Festival in celebrating a full programme of Bernstein films, documentaries, and illustrated talks, which resulted in two audience awards. To conclude this series of Ruby Tuesday milestones of 40 years, we are screening ‘On the Waterfront’, which features the only film score Leonard Bernstein wrote for the Cinema. – Roger Gibson.
Marlon Brando gives one of the screen's most electrifying performances as Best Actor in this 1954 Academy Award winner for Best Film. Ex-fighter Terry Malloy (Brando) could have been a contender but now toils for boss Johnny Friendly (Lee J. Cobb) on the gang-ridden waterfront. Terry is guilt-stricken, however, when he lures a rebellious worker to his death. But it takes the love of Edie Doyle (Eva Marie Saint), the dead man's sister, to show Terry how low he has fallen. When his crooked brother Charley the Gent (Rod Steiger) is brutally murdered for refusing to kill him, Terry battles to crush Friendly's underworld empire.
Directed by Elia Kazan (‘A Streetcar Named Desire’) and written by Budd Schulberg with Leonard Bernstein’s superb score, this unforgettable drama about Terry's redemption is among the most acclaimed of all films.