Listen To Me, Marlon (2015) dir – Stevan Riley
Marlon Brando is regarded as a revolutionary force in the art and craft of acting, one of the most influential performers of the 20th Century and also one of it’s most eccentric, wilful and iconoclastic.
He passed away at the age of 79 in 2004 leaving behind an inspirational,almost unimpeachable screen acting legacy, from A Streetcar Named Desire through to Last Tango in Paris. A continuing inspiration to many aspiring actors and artists, the Godfather star also departed with the melancholy sense that the last few decades of his career and life were tinged by turbulence in his private life and wastefuleness in his professional one; tragedy, bad health and sporadically bizarre film choices and performances painting a picture of an eccentric, oft contemptuous individual isolating himself from the film industry on his idyllic Pacific atoll.
Film-maker Stevan Riley’s moving documentary Listen To Me, Marlon attempts to unravel the Brando enigma in a unique manner; letting the man himself tell his story through a brilliantly assembled combination of film clips,poetic reconstructions, interview footage and rare archive audio recordings sourced from self-hynosis therapy sessions and private recordings made by Brando in his home over the course of several decades, all provided and approved by the Brando estate.
The result is a haunting, dream like journey through the actor’s heart and mind that reveals a complicated, vulnerable, insatiably curious and searching individual, someone who contained multitudes and who was like all of us, gloriously and imperfectly human.