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{STYLE-WISE} Marlon Brando’s Screen Test for “Rebel Without a Cause” is EVERYTHING!!!

Unveiled is Marlon Brando’s screen test for “Rebel Without a Cause” ; the iconic 1955 film that catapulted James Dean to icon status when the film was released just shortly after his death, making him a tragic martyr to that beloved ‘live fast, die young” attitude that he has come to represent.

Luckily for him, his death made the young boy with glasses a demi-god for being one hell of a misfit. He made it cool to wear jeans, and kept pioneering the t-shirt which had been a style wall knocked down only a few years earlier by the other (original?) bad boy rebel of Hollywood.

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The man whom James Dean probably looked up to….

After all, Brando had broken onto the scene first on Broadway as Elia Kazan’s wunderkind playing  the ravenously macho Stanley Kowalski  in Tennessee William‘s “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1947. Four years later he would revive the role for the movies, and broke new grounds in the fields of style, as more men adapted wearing their white undershirt alone as influenced by Marlon Brando’s portrayal on the screen.

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JAMES DEAN on the set of rebel

Appropriate then that Dean’s character Jim Stark would be in the know about these type of style choices. Those guys knew he was cool – they just had to test him.

Interestingly this is not the only collision between the two American legends, as Marlon Brando, himself, was appropriately cast for the lead role of this curious new film by Nicholas Ray.

After all, Marlon Brando was THE rebel of Hollywood. Not only was Stanley a staggering symbol for a delinquency from polite society, but don’t forget he also was “The Wild One“.

The studios must have been pushing for him. Johnny had got it done before, and that’s how the Hollywood system (still) likes to do things. If it’s a safe bet – it’s THE bet. A guy’s already got a persona as the rebel and the film is called “Rebel Without a Cause” (actually, in it’s working stages it was titled “Days of Being Wild” which Wong Kar Wai appropriated for his 1991 film)

But, luckily things didn’t work out that way for all of us, because James Dean really brought something special to that role, that no other actor could give.

He does that mumbling thing and is always looking down, pouting his lips, and squinting his eyes. His hair is effortless. He rocks those Levis Jeans.  He turned the rebel into an introvert, not some hot-shot tough guy who always likes to start fights (like Stanley or Johnny of “The Wild One”), but is actually a fragile romantic. A poet, really, who can’t see life the way everyone else around him has it planned.

This notion is utterly true to life, I think, and that’s why he has left such an impact on the world.

 

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Brando is surprisingly clean cut in his screen test, and it makes you wonder just what he would have brought to the table. . . somewhere in a different dimension, on another plane, this version exists. I hope one day we get to see it. Watch the video below, and let us know your thoughts!

You can be your own rebel without a cause, by simply being yourself!

Amplify it, and don’t be led by the status quo.

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THE WAY WE SEE IT,

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Who knows how long it will be available for your viewing pleasure . . .

Absolutely amazing footage of The Young Vic’s masterful production of Tennesse William’s American masterpiece “A Streetcar Named Desire”, starring Ben Foster as Stanley Kowalski and the Queen herself, Gillian Anderson, as Blanche Dubois.

ICONIC, MUCH?

The production brings this timeless story of vanity, lust, shame, misconception, and denial to a very vivid place that truly makes the audience feel like they themselves are somehow teetering a fine line between fantasy and reality. 

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {July 10, 2014}

THESE GIRLS EAT MEN- THE EYE OF FAITH VINTAGE

 

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Just look for the eye in the sky, and you will find it.

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A little summer heat provided by Alex North’s triumphant Main Title for

1951’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”.

I like the word ICONIC. It comes to mind when I think of this film.

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day { May 13, 2013 }

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Style Idol for All Time – MARLON BRANDO poses as Stanley K in “A Streetcar Named Desire”

{circa. 1949/1950 }

Marlon Wears: Black and White Oxford Brogues, Straight Leg Distressed Denim, Distressed White Cotton Wife Beater, and Jaunty Cap. 

This is a photograph taken by Warner Bros before beginning production to test the looks for the film.

A young Marlon Brando ignited the screen with his electric performance, and solidified rebel style into the repertoire of the everyman. To learn more about Marlon Brando’s effortless cool in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and its particular influence of mens fashion and society, check out the article I wrote for Everyguyed.com !

We’re going to be channelling some classic edge all summer, so stay up to date with the {SHOP} to get the look!

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“He Still Has On The Vivid Green Bowling Shirt”

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Stanley appears from around the corner of the building. He still has on the vivid green bowling shirt . . .

[SCENE 10, ‘A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE’ by Tennesse Williams]

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OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! Rare Marlon Brando Screen Test for “Rebel Without a Cause” !

My Man Marlon

Just like our OUT OF THIS WORLD! look back at Buddy Holly goofing off with his friends on Super 8 mm, this is another rare intimate moment with another world-class rebel star.

Actually, before Buddy Holly, and even James Dean himself, Marlon was making a name for himself as a bad boy of the stage and screen. Originating the role of Stanley Kowalski in Tennesse Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” at just 23, he paved the way for method acting as the preferred style of acting in Hollywood throughout the 1950s with one electrifying performance after another. His appearance in the screen version would also see sales in men’s undershirts rise extraordinarily, making way for the modern T-shirt we are so used to in our everyday. We are looking forward to looking at more of Marlon Brando’s unique stamp on style, but in the meantime wanted to bring to you this lost moment and memory of what might have been. The actual screen test Marlon Brando performed to audition in the role that would change society forever, as the lead in “Rebel Without a Cause” (which, of course, was passed on to new rising star James Dean).

Marlon seems to engross himself in the role, and plays on his good looks and charm with ease. Perhaps, he was too handsome for the part in the end, and director Nicholas Ray needed someone fresher and new to the scene. James Dean definitely had that mumbly, vulnerable, dorkish quality about him, that Marlon would just never possess. And like they say, some things are just meant to be.


He would go on to make plenty more memorable parts in his life time, as well as one of the lucky actors to have won two Academy Awards for Best Actor. Thanks to the graces of modern technology we can glimpse at this long lost memory today, and submit to the land of might have been.

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The guy’s got some chops, you have to admit!

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THE FEBRUARY FLEA, YOU, AND ME : Some Cool Stuff Found @JunctionFlea

The Eye of Faith at the February Flea

The February edition of The Junction Flea came and went, and was again, a blast.

Just to be there among our vintage and style savvy peers, who run some of the city’s finest and best vintage stores; to be in this company, is an absolute dream! We love what we brought to the table, and got to meet some really rad people in the process.

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We are going to continue working towards getting even more things online at the {SHOP}, so stay tuned.

We’ve also been excited to join the ETSY community as we recently opened up a shop with them with some of our favourite and most desirable pieces. From the feedback of peers, we figured this would be a great place to promote {theEye} and the wicked finds we have accumulated.

We’re just trying to get the word out there to every available platform we can, so that our visibility online can be at its max. So don’t forget, if you are, or know any style savvy individuals, make sure to direct them to THE EYE OF FAITH!

Boozy Hot Chocolate Courtesy of Micah and Paul

This month’s flea was not just a home-run because of the boozy hot chocolate, but it there was simply a great vibe about the day.

The energy was so real.

Perhaps it was the Valentine’s Day atmosphere, but we were definitely feeling the love. So, Thank You everybody who made their way out, and hopefully bought something 😉

We were delighted to be set up beside the booth for OPTICIANADO – the city’s only purveyor dedicated to vintage glasses and frames.

Not only do they have a wicked selection of frames to choose from, but they are full on stylists willing to work with you to find the look that not only suits you, but can elevate you to heights of vintage style glory.

We love their store (located at 2919 DUNDAS ST W.), and being just down the street from us, we are always getting to see their wicked window displays.

There’s something really cool going on there, so we would definitely recommend any vintage lover to make their way over there to, if not grab a pair of vintage frames, at least get to browse through their incredible inventory.

FOLLOW them on TWITTER, and don’t forget to check out their site for more information.

Also fun was the fact that we got to do a little shopping of our own.

Going to a Flea Market is hard enough not buy anything, but then to work there all day, is pretty much impossible! Especially, as the other vendors are unfolding their treasures in the early morning. You are pretty much keeping tabs on the things you like the entire day. It becomes a funny process, really.

You don’t exactly set up {SHOP} to be buying, but with all the great things to be found, at such great prices, it was impossible not to dip into our own wallets for something special.

Just a few things:

The Mod Squad Book From Mrs HuizengaBack Cover of THE MOD SQUAD 1969 Book

We’ve already started reading this “MOD SQUAD, Assignment: The Arranger” book from 1969 that we picked up from the lovely Mrs. Huizenga. She always knows how to get my invested with nostalgic teenagery-type books from the sixties, and this one, with its wild psychedelic front and back cover illustration was no exception.

“Me? A cop? Why, less than a year ago, I spit in a cop’s face!” says Julie, the story’s main heroine (played by Peggy Lipton in the TV Show, who would later go on to play Norma in “Twin Peaks“), and that’s just the beginning. Can’t wait to get even more invested in this one. And for $10, how could we say “NO” ?

Tenesse Williams Paperback- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE- Vintage Marlon Brando Cover

Finding a paperback version of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” is not as easy as it sounds. For months we’ve been trolling the shelves of used book stores and thrift shops, and we’ve never hit the jackpot on finding one. UNTIL, unloading time came and tucked away in one of Liz Ikiriko’s bins was this beauty.

Liz owns and operates The Arthur on College Street (550 to be exact), and has a real eye for treasures. Treasures like this one! And for $3, it was definitely too good to be true. In these cases, its always best to just take it with you.

The last treasure we picked up on our day at the Junction Flea this February came from the booth of the beautifully romantic and decadently decayed stock of one of our favourites, Tattered and Torn. Kim has a unique eye for really beautiful pieces that are not shy of their age or history. She carries everything from beautiful vintage clothes to desirable pieces for any well-dressed home. Somehow tucked away amongst a pile of old handwritten letters I came across one of the most captivating pieces of the day:

Tattered and Torn- Vintage Playing Card - Queen of Diamonds- Her Name is Rachel

A beautiful Victorian playing card. She is the Queen of Diamonds, and from the looks of her, she is named “Rachel”. It was such a beautiful and mysterious object that truly resonated, and for $1, I was completely sold. She now sits watching as we type at our writing desk. Don’t be surprised to see her show up later around these parts, too.

So, as you can see, it was a pretty sweet day for us at The Junction Flea, and we can’t wait to do it, again. The Junction Flea is every second Sunday of every month, so mark the date, and make it out for a great afternoon of bargains and treasure hunts!

Valentines Day Streamers at The Junction Flea 2013

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{Marlon Brando by Carl Van Vechten – Dec. 27, 1948 – “A Streetcar Named Desire”}


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