• Available: Ships in 1-2 days
  • Our Retail Price: $27.95

Brando's Smile

His Life, Thought, and Work

Susan L. Mizruchi (Author)


Susan Mizruchi presents the Marlon Brando you’ve never met.

When people think about Marlon Brando they think of the movie star; the hunk; the scandals. Susan L. Mizruchi finds the Brando others have missed: the man who collected four thousand books; the man who rewrote scripts, trimming his lines to make them sharper; the man who consciously used his body and employed the objects around him to create believable characters; the man who used his fame to foster Indian and civil rights. From Brando’s letters, audiotapes, and annotated screenplays and books—many never before available—Mizruchi gives us a complex person whose intelligence belies the high-school dropout. She shows how Brando’s embrace of foreign cultures and outsiders led to brilliant performances in unusual roles—a gay man, an Asian, and a German soldier—to foster empathy on a global scale and to test himself. In portraying a fuller Brando, Mizruchi portrays an even more fascinating man.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • June 2014
  • ISBN 978-0-393-08286-9
  • 6.6 × 9.6 in / 512 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Brimming with colorful anecdotes and details… a wonderfully cohesive work about Brando, both as an actor and a man.” — Publishers Weekly

“[Mizruchi is] the first to have access to Brando’s private archives, including his extensive library, film archives and research materials… Fascinating.” — Tom Shone, Atlantic

“To understand the complete Brando…any future biographer will now have to take account of Mizruchi’s Brando as well—to somehow square the lover and the sensualist with the critical thinker.” — Julia M. Klein, Boston Globe

“Renowned cultural scholar Susan L. Mizruchi explores the Brando that was not visible to the world in order to better understand the one that was—a Brando that was independent of the public persona and often at odds with it.” — Examiner

All Subjects