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The first time I saw The Wild One, about 15 years ago, I was disappointed: I think I found the story a bit lacking, and, like another user, indeterminate. Watching it a couple of days ago, however, I was bowled over by it. Yes, it has dated, as all highly styled films do, but if you get over that and open yourself up to the visuals, especially Brando's starry performance as a contrast to everyone around him, this film is fantastically enjoyable! It's also quite remarkable when you think about other films of the period and especially the clothes of the leading men - tight jeans were quite extraordinary. I loved the information from another user that Brando was self-conscious about the size of his bum. Marlon, if you happen to read this, don't worry, you were a babe! (Helped along by leather, frothing beer bottles and shiny bikes, of course!) This film was banned in Britain until 1968: less to do with the plot and more to do with the films sensational and fetishistic qualities, I would imagine. If you have only found yourself laughing up till now, have a different look at the scene between Brando and Mary Murphy out under the stars, his costume and the bike glittering, or the coffee shop, with all its shiny paraphenalia... just the sort of thing to upset the male censors, and where the real power of the film lies.
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