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On the Waterfront The Recipient of eight Oscars (including four other nominations), On the Waterfront represented a shining light in the filmmaking industry and process. Among these Oscar were: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. With that many awards in such key areas, one can’t help but assume that they were each benefiting from each other. Each one adding to the others, making them even greater than they would be otherwise. There are a few scenes in the film that have become known as “classic” scenes in film history. These scenes effectively portray very real situations and character relationships that we as the audience can care about, and ultimately learn from. Over the years, many critics have praised On the Waterfront for having what has been called “a nearly perfect screenplay.” Written by Budd Schulberg, and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles by Malcolm Johnson, the script brought the story to life. As a note of background, the film represented an opportunity for both Schulberg and Elia Kazan to escape, at least by proxy, some personal guilt they may have been harboring. By naming the names of colleagues associated with the Communist Party, they gave themselves a free pass, and were able to proceed undeterred with his own

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career. Kazan also became one of the most high-profile witnesses to speak out and avoid blacklisting. On the Waterfront explains how it is fundamentally right to speak out in a situation like this, even if you seem to be “ratting out” your friends. To be at peace with your conscience you must tell the truth, regardless of the consequences. Yet it’s easy for the harbour cops to ask someone to talk, since it’s not their lives that are going to be ruined. They won’t be ostracized, victimized, and probably murdered for speaking out. This is where Schulberg’s script rings…...

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