Thu 24 Feb

The Wild One

Cert. PG

Classics, Special Screenings

Fashion & Cinema: The Allure of the Rebel

79 mins

dir. Laslo Benedek, with Marlon Brando, Mary Murphy, Lee Marvin | USA | 1953 | b&w

Denim trousers, t-shirt, carefully tilted cap, black leather jacket and “engineer” boots. Marlon Brando’s outfit ideated for this film in 1953 is as relevant today as it was then, when it became a counterculture emblem emulated later by anyone from James Dean or Joan Jett to Kristen Stewart or Jeff Goldbum. Although the film features one of the most iconic men’s film outfits, there’s not credited costume designer and it was Brando himself who picked up the costume (it seems the motorbike was his too) that would become a cultural icon.

Inspired by actual events and based on Frank Rooney’s short story The Cyclists Raid, The Wild One, which was censored in the UK until 1968 for its controversial nature, shows how two motorbike bands terrorise a small town after one of their leaders is put in jail.

Introduced by writer, editor, director and model Davina Catt

Thu 24 Feb 6.35pm | £13, conc. £11

 

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