To mark the 70th anniversary of On the Waterfront, we have programmed a mini film series for April: Brando, Clift, Dean – Method Actors and the Movies.

In the late 1940s and 1950s, there was a revolution in screen acting. In 1947, director Elia Kazan, along with Cheryl Crawford and Robert Lewis, founded the Actors Studio. The intense style of acting the Studio was associated with was referred to as ‘the method’, and among its most famous exponents - Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and James Dean. Throughout April, we offer you the chance to see all three actors at the height of their powers. First up, on Sunday 7th, is On the Waterfront, directed by Kazan, written by Budd Schulberg, and starring Brando in a career-defining performance as the conflicted longshoreman, Terry Malloy. Remembered for Brando’s “I could have been a contender” speech, this is one of the high points of ‘the method’ on film. Winner of eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, the film also features Eva Marie Saint (making her debut), Actors Studio alumni Lee J. Cobb, Karl Malden, Rod Steiger, and a beautiful, resonant score by Leonard Bernstein.

The screening of On the Waterfront on Sunday 7th April will be introduced by the cinema’s manager and film programmer, Mick McAloon.

Other films in the series include A Place in the Sun, directed by George Stevens and starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, and Shelley Winters (who studied and taught at the Actors Studio); and East of Eden, featuring James Dean and Julie Harris, and directed by Kazan.