Do Not Detonate: The Films Behind ASTEROID CITY


Directed by Elia Kazan

USA, 1954, 1h 48min, DCP

Do Not Detonate: The Films Behind ASTEROID CITY

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

AFS presents a free series of films that influenced Wes Anderson’s ASTEROID CITY. The series includes three classic works of mid-century cinema, and as the capper to this series, AFS will present a special Sneak Preview of ASTEROID CITY.

“A heart-clutcher from beginning to end!” —Village Voice

“One of the best performances ever recorded on celluloid.” —David Shipman

“If there is a better performance by a man in the history of film in America, I don’t know what it is.” —Kazan

An indelible look at waterfront crime and corruption, Marlon Brando leads Elia Kazan’s American classic with a bravado that would define the rest of his career. Terry Malloy (Brando), a one-time prizefighter-turned-dock-worker, becomes embroiled in the criminal underbelly by his unscrupulous union superior, testing the limits of morality in the face of self-sufficiency. Winner of eight Academy Awards® — as well as a nomination for Leonard Bernstein’s sole musical score for film — ON THE WATERFRONT continues to display Kazan’s influence on modern performance and the conventions of cinema. Featuring an all-star supporting cast including Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, and Rod Steiger.