Listen to Me Marlon
Directed by Stevan Riley
Starring Marlon Brando, Stella Adler, Bette Davis, Montgomery Clift and Anna Kashfi
With exclusive access to his extraordinary unseen and unheard personal archive including hundreds of hours of audio recorded over the course of his life, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and his extraordinary life away from the stage and screen with Brando himself as your guide, the film will fully explore the complexities of the man by telling the story uniquely from Marlon's perspective, entirely in his own voice. No talking heads, no interviewees, just Brando on Brando and life.
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★★★★ review by Jasmine on Letterboxd
*blows kiss up to the sky (for marlon brando)*
★★★★★ review by James Lafleur on Letterboxd
This isn't a documentary; it is a eulogy delivered by a ghost.
It contains no new interviews because it is pieced together entirely from self hypnosis tapes that Brando had been making for decades.
This movie is truly one of a kind and feels more like a Terrence Malick film than a celebrity biopic.
And to make the whole affair even more surreal, it is presided over and narrated by his disembodied CGI head.
★★★★★ review by Ryan on Letterboxd
Rarely am I ever so emotionally engaged with a film from the moment it starts to the end of the credits. Truly a masterpiece.
★★★★½ review by Jared on Letterboxd
For some inexplicable reason, this profoundly intimate glimpse into Marlon Brando's life shook me to my core. Nothing I can say about it will suffice, please experience it for yourself.
★★★★½ review by Jimmy on Letterboxd
"the neurotic individual's entire self-esteem shrinks to nothing if he does not receive admiration. to be admired and to be respected is a protection against helplessness and against insignificance. and because he's continually sensing humiliation, it will be difficult for him to have anyone as a friend."
the Brando-face-map is one of the most haunting and memorable film techniques I've seen in recent cinema, owing largely to the personality expressed in those audio recordings.
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