|Fig 1 - On the Waterfront Poster|
The film dominated the 27th Academy Awards in 1955, taking home the Oscars for Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, Writing, Cinematography, Art Direction and Editing. It achieved a further four nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (three of which contended) and Best Music, making it's mark as the 10th most successful film to sweep the Academy Awards (as of 2017).
|Fig 2 - On the Waterfront - Charley & Terry Malloy|
Despite a keen interest in the direction of the story, I felt that it was a tad shy of greatness for my liking. As much as I engaged with the performances, I found myself zoning out here and there only to be brought back up for an intensely satisfying finale. Therefore I have had to seriously deliberate over my final verdict on the film and now, having distanced myself from it by several days, I believe it to be deserving of all the acclaim it received. A truly terrific tale of adversity and internal conflict that proves once again how the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.
Imagery and Quotes
Ebert, Roger (On the Waterfront Review) - 21/03/99 (Accessed 17/07/17)
Fig. 1 On the Waterfront Poster (1954) From: On the Waterfront (1954) - Directed by: Elia Kazan
Fig. 2 On the Waterfront Screenshot (1954) From: On the Waterfront (1954) - Directed by: Elia Kazan