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BRANDO DECODED.


Darwin Porter, the author of the famous Frommer travel guides and veteran Hollywood reporter, did a lot of work. Whether is excellent, is difficult to judge since the American researcher dealt with a celebrity life which had so much shine and shadows. If Marlon Brando lived today he would be 96 years old- he was born in Nebraska of the United States on April 3, 1924 and died on July 1, 2004. Porter, after thoroughly investigating every aspect of the life of Brando he wrote, if not the most complete, certainly the most revealing biography of the great actor, labeled “Brando Unzipped”. Porter has devoted many years to research the life of Brando. He interviewed friends and mere acquaintances, mistresses and lovers, colleagues and followers of Brando, leading to the construction of the the length of a social and sexual life of a man whose life had the same animal-like intensity to the role of Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and had a route from apotheosis to decline-and in both cases in the maximum possible scale: from sex symbol of 1950 to a swollen with fat hull, who in the last years of his life occupied more the tabloid sensationalist than the cinematographic forms. It is however true that Porter succumbs to the temptation of sensationalism, and the 642 pages of the book appear in several points more of a well-written stapling gossip, tabloid publications and allegations of Brando himself, rather than a thorough investigation. What shocks me most, however, is not the presentation of Brando as a rampant hedonist, but the dismantling of the whole bright world of Hollywood, which is described in sex terms, lust and sin, a dark literary stylization made popular by James Ellroy with his tetralogy for Los Angeles. The biography focuses on the fact that Brando used his electric charm to satisfy his insatiable appetite for sex as much as possible. Without saying it boldly, Porter leads indirectly to the conclusion that Brando suffered from a form of satyriasis, an overpowering need for as many sexual encounters as possible during the day. One of his first friends, Geraldine Page, says to the author: “Brando was like a dog: one moment he peed under a tree, the other moment he did it next to a bench. He did not care for anything; he simply had to find his daily meat”. With loose morals and constantly shocking his surroundings with his acts, he appeared in interviews scratching his private parts and allowing gases to be released from various orifices of his body, he left the set unexpectedly, he spoke with obscenities, he was arrested because he urinated in public and in his interviews he referred to his penis as “my noble tool”. In the decade of 1960 he had said that he is very happy that his posters adorn the walls of so many famous homosexuals, like Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. In the book he extensively refers to the passion of Tennessee Williams for Brando, which had begun “a night on a lonely beach in Princetown” during WWII. The impact of Brando in the film circles of homosexuals was exceptionally warm, argues the author. Among those who shared the bed with him include, according to the book, his two main rivals in the 50's, James Dean and Montgomery Clift. With the last one, Brando once bet to run naked on Wall Street, the busiest street in New York. When in 1946 he first appeared on Broadway in the play “A Flag is born”, the teacher and actress Stella Adler said that “this young man must have had sex with half of the Jews of New York.” In the movie “The wild one” which made him a sex symbol, the director Laszlo Benedek caught him one day backstage with a young Mexican actor who impersonated a member of the gang. For the needs of the film “The men” by Fred Zinnemann where he impersonated a paraplegic Vietnam veteran, he visited a hospice paraplegic and entered into a relationship with a patient and some people from the film “Sayonara” claim that he had sex with almost all the Japanese extras who participated in the film. While shooting “A streetcar named desire”, he entered into relations with both Vivien Leigh and with her husband Laurence Olivier. David Niven characteristically recalls: “I had seen Marlon and Laurence bathe naked in the pool and kissing passionately. I went in and I found Leigh standing with apathy. I think he knew what was going on outside, but none of us mentioned the incident.” According to Porter, two were the important people at the beginning of his career: one was the actor, lover and roommate, Wally Cox, for whom Marlon had once admitted that “if Wally had been a woman, I'd marry him and we would live happily”. The other person was Marilyn Monroe, whom he “shopped” for the first time in 1946 in a bar for $ 15 and afterwards he took her to his apartment, as his best friend Carlo Fiore confessed. The fact that Monroe was paid for sex at the beginning of her career is also confirmed by her housekeeper Lena Pepitone: “She liked making money for $ 15 and she also hustled in Hollywood, but not for money but for food”. At the height of the career and charm of Brando, “the list of his erotic partners was the “who is who” of the cultural elite of Hollywood”, says the author who records, among others, that Brando slept with Grace Kelly on the eve of the Oscar awards in 1955, when the two left with the gold statuette (Brando for his role in “On the waterfront” and Kelly for the interpretation of the “The County Girl”). In Brando’s list there are also referred Greta Garbo, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Anna Magnani and “the two first ladies of the United States”, a reference deliberately ... yellow, it is obvious that this is Jackie Kennedy who through her brother in law Peter Loforte it is normal to have relations with the world of Hollywood and the actress Nancy Reagan. The author also argues that the erotic odyssey of Brando continued in Paris. After rejecting the sexual advances of Brigitte Bardot on the grounds that “it was just another charming young girl, but nothing more”, as her husband Roger Vadim confesses, he turned his erotic interest to the middle-aged Edith Piaf. On the first night that she invited him in her apartment he made the mistake to strip naked and fall in bed since the first ten minutes: “I thought she wanted to try my noble tool, but she rather wanted a more gentle approach” he claimed for that night that she threw him naked out of her house. But the next day she called him, she sang “La vie en rose” and she offered to take him out to the Parisian clubs. Early in the morning they came to bed together, from where Brando got up the next afternoon “scared thinking that Piaf was harmed. She looked so vulnerable and pale in her tiny little body”. Brando had numerous love affairs with older women, which according to the author, comes from the “Oedipus complex that he had towards his mother”, Dorothy Brandon. In this context it is understood the effect that “the old Marlene Dietrich who seduced him” had on him. The biography is also extensively referring on Marlon’s friendship with Richard Burton, Charlie Chaplin and Michael Jackson and the strange relationship with his daughter Cheyenne, who committed suicide in April 1995 at the age of 25, five years after the murder of her lover by her half-brother, Christian. The text is accompanied by rare photographs from the beginning of his career until his death. Shortly before he died he confessed to Porter: “Throughout my life I searched, but I never found all that I was looking for. My life was finally glowing, but extremely hectic and unsatisfied.”