about the film
Nominated for 12 Academy Awards and having won eight, On the Waterfront is a critically acclaimed success. Under the direction of Elia Kazan, this film is noted as one of the best American films of all-time. Marlon Brando commands his performance of Terry Malloy, capturing the real-life drama of Mob action in the late '40s.
Identify and Analyzing Themes: Students will discuss how themes are identified in text and film. After watching On the Waterfront, students will write an essay identifying one major theme of the film and analyzing the techniques used to express it.
Practice Identifying Themes