Scenes from The Wild One, 1953 (Loosely based on the Hollister Riots)
Marlon Brando’s performance of Johnny Strabbler single-handedly made leather the go-to material for sexy rebels. For a long time after ‘53, you could not be a dominatrix in a long flowing dress, and in fact you could barely dissociate BDSM from leather fetishism (although you could be into leather without being into BDSM)
What’s impressive about this movie, even the iconic scenes shown here, is how tame it all seems. Rebellion, like everything else, gets a subjective upgrade with every generation.