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ON THE RIVERFRONT

By Louie b. Free (Contact)


Published August 29, 2008

 Just watched "On The Waterfront" (1954, Directed by Elia Kazan. With Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb,Herman Munster, Eva Marie Saint, etc). I had forgotten how  sad some parts of this movie are to me---and the messages, ah the messages, intended, imagined, etc.


When I first titled this blog, my intent was to 'localize' it-hence the riverfront. I titled this blog while just into the movie-now that the movie's ended, I feel differently.  I am relating the movie from  the bigger picture- us-U.S to the most individual-the "I" .

 
Yeah-this is the movie w/ the " ...I coulda been somebody, I coulda been a contender...but I'm just a bum..."  A bum because in the film, dock-worker,pigeon-lover,former boxer, Marlon Brando  threw a fight-and his boxing career .

In the larger terms, I can see Brando as us, US : hard-working,fighting, loving, 'believing' "powerful"  people-duped by those  "powerful" into making decisions  that are *not* in our best interest, *not* in the interest of the 'masses', but decisions that benefit the few powerful-helping the powerful stay powerful, while we,we the people scavenge  for, well, for *something* that we hope brings us *something else* that we hope will *get us through*...--not a pretty picture-not a pretty moving picture*  either.

The powerful determine who  our leaders  are -not we the people. Why? Because we allow them to-just as the workers did in On the Waterfront.

I go into enough detail about this on the show, but, just remember the Democrat and Republican parties control the debates, they control The House of Representatives and The Senate, and , like two really tall people, play both sides of "monkey in the middle" w/ the White House-the Dems on one side, the GOPs on the other, and we-the-people are the monkey in the middle. I'd like to believe that there was a time in America that we jumped, reached and stretched...but after awhile, just gave up and went 'about our way' while the Dems and GOPs enjoyed the fruits(of OUR labour-after all-who's White House is it ?).

These two wealthy parties also control the politics in the media, so if your listening or watching-THEY'VE placed the commercials and THEY'VE provided the stations,shows, networks with commentators to remind us,US what to think--pick a pundit,pick your nose,pick your seat-what you get's the same: something you don't need.

In the movie - there's a mob-connected union boss that controls access to work.Those in control prosper by taxing the workers(dues) and taxing the companies by fees and access to the docs, etc.

Here - we have "mob"-controlled political parties that control access to government and all of government's fruits :    money,  jobs, grants, employment,funding, work, well, you get it-eh?




ooops, gotta go- Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Directed by Lewis Milestone. With Marlon Brando, Trevor Howard, Richard Harris is on NOW!!!!

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*to the 'oh very young'- movies were once called "moving pictures" or "motion pictures"

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