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    On the Waterfront (Columbia, 1954). One Sheet (27" X 41"). One of Marlon Brando's greatest roles, this is the story of ex-prizefighter Terry Malloy (Brando), a young man with a conscience who has been working for the corrupt boss of the dockworker's union (Lee J. Cobb). When Terry witnesses a murder, and is later confronted by Edie (Eva Marie Saint), the dead man's sister, he is forced to confront the realities of life on the docks and prepares to testify before the crime commission. More than a mere crime movie, this picture is often seen as a defense of informers, especially since director Elia Kazan very famously cooperated with the House Un-American Activities Committee and named names of suspected Communists, an action that eventually led to blacklistings that ruined careers. Whatever the political motivations behind the picture, the movie was a massive critical and commercial success, winning eight Oscars, including Best Actor (Brando), Best Picture, Best Director (Kazan), and Best Supporting Actress (Saint). The score, by famed composer Leonard Bernstein, makes this film additionally notable. The gorgeous one sheet offered here, with its striking image of Brando, had slight fold separations at the borders, chips at the fold lines, a chip in the top border, and a chip in Brando's left eye. Professional restoration has expertly addressed these flaws, giving the poster a Near Mint appearance. Fine on Linen.

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