Marlon Brando: The Fugitive Kind

September 1–October 28, 2017

BAMPFA showcases the indelible roles of an actor who transformed male performance on film, from A Streetcar Named Desire to The Godfather.

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  • The Wild One

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

  • On the Waterfront

  • The Godfather

  • Upcoming
  • Past
  • Past

Past Films

  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse

    • Saturday, October 28 6 PM
    Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola
    United States, 1991

    Head behind the scenes of one of the most notorious film shoots ever in this fly-on-the-wall documentary on the making of Apocalypse Now. “Fascinating, harrowing film history” (Roger Ebert).

    Introduction by Eleanor Coppola

  • Apocalypse Now Redux

    • Sunday, October 22 6:30 PM
    Francis Ford Coppola
    United States, 2001

    4K Digital Restoration

    A reedit of Coppola’s Vietnam War saga, the most astute, acute portrait of Americans at war in the post-World War II period. At the heart of its madness lies Marlon Brando.

  • The Godfather

    • Friday, October 20 7 PM
    Francis Ford Coppola
    United States, 1972

    4K Digital Restoration

    Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, and—with an impact that far outweighs his screen time—Marlon Brando anchor Coppola’s oft-imitated, never-improved mob epic, one of the defining films of seventies Hollywood.

  • Reflections in a Golden Eye

    • Sunday, October 15 7 PM
    John Huston
    United States, 1967

    John Huston adapts Carson McCullers’s tale of repressed homosexuality with the able help of Marlon Brando as a military man among (many) men on a Southern army base, and Elizabeth Taylor as his put-upon wife.

  • Listen to Me, Marlon

    • Friday, October 6 4 PM
    • Saturday, October 14 3:30 PM
    Stevan Riley
    United Kingdom, 2015

    Free Screenings!

    A treasure trove of audiotapes, home movies, film clips, and more yields a mesmerizing portrait of one of America’s great performers. “A peculiarly philosophical, melancholic and beautiful piece of work” (IndieWire).

  • A Countess from Hong Kong

    • Sunday, October 8 4 PM
    Charles Chaplin
    United Kingdom, United States, 1967

    Sophia Loren and Marlon Brando team up in Charlie Chaplin’s swan song, a bedroom farce involving an American diplomat and a stowaway Russian escaping prostitution.

  • The Chase

    • Friday, September 29 7 PM
    Arthur Penn
    United States, 1966

    4K Digital Restoration

    Robert Redford escapes from prison and finds his hometown sheriff (Marlon Brando) lying in wait. Jane Fonda and Angie Dickinson costar in a lusty, gripping melodrama about small-town Texas crude.

  • On the Waterfront

    • Sunday, September 3 7 PM
    • Saturday, September 23 8 PM
    Elia Kazan
    United States, 1954

    4K Digital Restoration

    “I coulda been a contender,” mumbles Marlon Brando in this brilliant drama set among the longshoremen and cops of an East Coast waterfront. Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor.

  • The Fugitive Kind

    • Sunday, September 17 7 PM
    Sidney Lumet
    United States, 1960

    Sidney Lumet’s adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s play places four consummate actors—Marlon Brando, Maureen Stapleton, Joanne Woodward, and Anna Magnani—in a backwoods bastion of stifling meanness. There’s enough heat to set the town on fire.

  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    • Friday, September 1 8:15 PM
    • Friday, September 15 4 PM
    Elia Kazan
    United States, 1951

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!
    Digital Restoration

    Marlon Brando was a little-known actor when he was cast in the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’s play; this film adaptation made him a star. Vivien Leigh costars.

  • The Men

    • Saturday, September 9 5 PM
    Fred Zinnemann
    United States, 1950

    Imported Print

    Brando made his screen debut as a paralyzed World War II veteran struggling to adapt back “home.” From the director of From Here to Eternity.


  • One-Eyed Jacks

    • Friday, September 8 7 PM
    Marlon Brando
    United States, 1961

    4K Digital Restoration

    Marlon Brando’s first and only directorial effort, a Freudian Western loosely based on the legend of Billy the Kid. “Mean, moody, and magnificent” (Time Out).

  • The Wild One

    • Saturday, September 2 8 PM
    Laszlo Benedek
    USA, 1953

    Digital Restoration

    Marlon Brando leads a gang of leather-clad bikers descending on what could be Your Town, USA in this classic of disaffection and outlaw life. What’s he rebelling against? “Whaddya got?”