Marlon Brando very quickly became less of an actor than a screen presence – charismatic and watchable, yes, but for all his pronouncements about The Method, not really inhabiting the character. The slow diminishing of his talent was aided by some very strange film choices – able to pick and choose, he seemed particularly drawn to dressing up and funny voices (Napoleon, Zapata, Fletcher Christian, a Japanese peasant) or, most of all, super cool characters that had a Messianic quality.
|Supercool Messiah / Chauffer.|
|The Gendarmerie are baffled.|
|'One of these days, they'll invent a gun that's comfortable'|
|Still Life: Marlon Brando with gun and umbrella|
The film, which begins and ends with a sequence in which Pamela Franklin sits on a plane in a dream like state could, of course, all be a fantasy – the strange reverie of an immature mind – although it’s hard to imagine even the most disturbed of teenagers fantasising about being raped and tortured to death by Richard Boone.
|An eerie feeling.|