Monday, March 20, 2017

Marlon Brando on a Streetcar named Desire Set

photographed by Carl Van Vechten 
Ethel Barrymore Theatre 
243 W47th St Manhattan 1948

Van Vechten is probably best remembered now (and rightly so) for his elegant and celebratory portraits of the many leading figures of the cultural movement that has come to be known as the Harlem Renaissance.  (I was planning to make a post on his portraits of Alvin Ailey and will do so very soon, but I remembered these pictures of Brando that I had come across some time back and how little they flattered the great actor in his very attractive youth, which pleases me, and besides: they were ready to go.)

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