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Karl Malden's nose bigger than ever before

On the Waterfront on the waterfront this weekend

Published on September 24th 2009.

Karl Malden's nose bigger than ever before

NONCHALENTLY leaning against bollards, decoratively sitting on wooden boxes, pretend-boredly strolling around amid weather-beaten buildings - it ain't as easy as it sounds being a pigeon at the Pier Head these days.

Back in the day, they knew how to sexily loiter around the docks in style – no, not the pigeons, nor are we talking about the ladies offering refreshments to incoming seamen at Canning Half-Tide.

No, in the 1950s, when men were men, unloading ships at Hoboken, New Jersey, the art of getting, hot, sweaty and broody belonged to Brando.

Now after two episodes of free events at the Pier Head in recent times, here's a chance to watch and learn from the master.

Forget the hype about The Wire. On the Waterfront, the 1954 classic starring a 30-year-old Marlon Brando, did it all first. Corruption, violence, moral dilemmas....

It will be projected onto that huge silver screen at the Pier Head, which is currently waiting to take up its day job as the Museum of Liverpool window.

The screen is big enough (24 metres wide!) to allow you to appreciate Karl Malden's nose anew, as it is mistaken for Formby Point on Google Earth.

Or gaze longingly at Eva Marie Saint. Your call.

But that's only the Saturday. You can spend your whole weekend down at the front. Wrap up though.

This is the last instalment of the On the Waterfront trilogy of events that - you might have made the connection – took its title inspiration from the movie and not the other way round (unless you can spot a blue police box somewhere).

It all kicks off on Friday evening from 7.30pm with atmospheric The Long Day Closes, by city-born director Terence Davies.

Saturday evening will be all about classic shorts and feature films starting at 7.30pm - with Elia Kazan's masterpiece taking star billing.

In between, during the day, you can have a look at ‘The Big M’. You may be forgiven for thinking this is shorthand for the current Lord Mayor, but actually it is 'a unique and mobile art space'.

You'll find it somewhere at the Pier Head between noon and 5pm each day.

Sprinkled in between all that are street theatre performances all manner of things on the ground

And it's even parkier than it was in the summer down there right now, so get the thermals packed, the whiskey and go go.

*On the Waterfront, Pier Head, Friday 25th - Sunday 27th September, free.

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LaphroaigSeptember 24th 2009.


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