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The Movie Mira Sorvino Has 'Seen A Million Times'

The weekends on All Things Considered seriesMovies I've Seen a Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

Actress Mira Sorvino's credits includeMighty Aphrodite ( for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress), Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Mimic and Union Square, which opened in theaters this weekend. T he movie Sorvino could watch a million times is Elia Kazan'sOn the Waterfront . "That was my first introduction to Brando," Sorvino says, "so that was kind of a revelation for me."

Mira Sorvino stars in the new film <em>Union Square</em>.
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Mira Sorvino stars in the new film Union Square.

Interview Highlights

On why she loves Marlon Brando's performance in On the Waterfront

"He's toying with the audience a little bit, he's toying with the camera. He's very much aware that he is all that and he's kind of giving you this rakish charm which, it's a delight to watch because he's so good and because he's so charismatic."

On what she's learned from watching the film

"You know I think all of us in life are constantly — at different points in our lives — confronted with situations where we have to make choices which define us. And you know that you have to remain a morally upstanding person. Otherwise, what do you have?"

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Lily Percy