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    Fedora Worn by Marlon Brando in "The Godfather." Aside from an Oscar nomination for his performance in Sayonara, Marlon Brando's acting had lost much of its energy and direction by the end of the 1950s, and his career continued to spiral downwards in the '60s, as he gave increasingly uninspired performances -- or sometimes intriguing and nuanced ones in marginal movies that were often commercial failures. His career had virtually ground to a halt by the end of the decade thanks to his reputation as a difficult star and his record as box-office poison. His performance as Vito Corleone in The Godfather changed all that. Director Francis Ford Coppola convinced Brando to submit to a screen test, for which Brando did his own make-up. Coppola was impressed by Brando's characterization as the head of a crime family, but had to fight the studio in order to cast him (they lobbied for Laurence Olivier, Ernest Borgnine, and Burt Lancaster). Ultimately, Brando won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, which he (in)famously rejected. This striking brown fedora was worn by Brando in that career defining role, in the scene that involved the attempt on Vito's life at the fruit stand. The hat is in Excellent condition with minimal wear, and has "Mr. Brando 2A" written in black ink on the sweatband.

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    October, 2006
    6th-7th Friday-Saturday
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