On the Waterfront is among the most famous movies ever to win the Oscar for Best Picture – and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be. It’s a gripping and dark tale about union violence and corruption among longshoremen, starring such accomplished actors as Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, Lee J. Cobb, Eva Marie Saint and, of course, Marlon Brando.
Elia Kazan tells a fascinating story of repression and fear, of the question ‘what is right and what is wrong?’ and of a world that has its own morale – the constant mention of the concept ‘D&D’ which refers to the fact that the men are ‘deaf and dumb’ when it comes to the mistreatments by Friendly and his gang shows how this group seems to exist in its own micro cosmos which cannot be understood by outsiders like Edie or the police. And so it takes one men from the inside to stand up against it even it means breaking this sort of honorary codex. Kazan and his actors portray this story with a startling realism. Basically, it’s the combination of a fight against injustice, a thriller, a love story and a human drama which turns On the Waterfront into a true masterpiece.
On the Waterfront is full of obvious and subtle symbolism, of gripping suspense and provoking actions, brought to life by the overwhelming talent behind and in front of the camera.