Not just a bio-documentary. Far beyond that... Listen to Me Marlon is the presentation of a legend... AS A MAN... By the own legend...To younger people, such as myself, Marlon Brando was Don Vito Corleone The Godfather , Colonel Kurtz Apocalypse Now , Stanley A Streetcar Named Desire , among many other great performances. But who was the man behind those iconic characters?In Listen to Me Marlon, is delivered a compilation of many recordings by the actor to the actor himself. I don't think that he would be very pleased to have such tapes out there!Troubled, charming, talented, <more>
politically engaged, passionate... The many faces of the man. Of the liar. When would I imagine that the man who played Don Vito Corleone and Colonel Kurtz, had problems with Francis Ford Coppola? And the tragedies of his personal life? How could I think about Brando as a ordinary guy?He was no ordinary. And his tapes show it very clearly. Marlon was one unique human being. NO! Not one, two or even more... Marlon talks to himself. But himself is not Marlon... He was no ordinary...As an art, the movie is beautiful. Not a typical boring documentary, with some footage, a couple interviews, and so and so. The director Stevan Riley was able to capture so many beautiful shots alongside with the music and the very voice of the actor. Flawless...I know now many more than I ever imagined about Marlon Brando. And now it's like the experience of watching his work means to open so many other doors... Flawless bio-doc. It's a must see if you are interest in the motion picture industry as a whole.
Brando in his own words (by minister_of_silly_walks)
Listen to Me Marlon is a very special documentary. It consists of hours of recordings by Marlon Brando covering a vast range of topics and narrating his whole life experiences through his own words. It covers all of the glory, success and failures of one of the biggest cinematic legends ever in his own specific and unique way.
"When I was Jung..." (by poe-48833)
In APOCALYPSE NOW, having survived an episodic Odyssey through the Heart of Darkness itself, Martin Sheen, as Captain Willard, finds himself, at long last, face to face with the man he's been sent to kill- the "renegade," Colonel Kurtz. His head shaven, as comfortable in the shadows as a leper, Kurtz speaks frankly to Willard about his mission in a compelling voice that rarely rises above a low conversational whisper. It's THAT voice that grabs Willard, and it's THAT voice that we hear again and again in LISTEN TO ME MARLON- and it's THAT voice that lends this <more>
documentary an almost Apocalyptic feel. Brando speaks frankly throughout, and it's always compelling. The eerie three-dimensional digital image of Brando lends the proceedings an even EERIER tone. "There is something sinister about film," writes Norman Mailer in THE SPOOKY ART. Of Brando, he says: "He seemed to have a charged subtext... the subtext- the emotion of the words he was using behind the words... that was what gave an unruly, all but uncontrolled, and smoldering air of menace to all that he did." As fascinating a document as they come, LISTEN TO ME MARLON is must-see.
Greetings from Lithuania.I was dying to see "Listen to Me Marlon" 2015 from the first moment i heard about it. I won't lie - i'm a huge Marlon Brando fan so i was really looking forward to see a good documentary about the man himself. "Listen to Me Marlon" is a superb experience. Experience, because it is not a traditional straightforward biopic documentary. It is told by Brando himself, using audiotapes that he was recording during his life. We do get so see glimpses and most important aspects from his life from a childhood till the end. It shows a bit about the <more>
infamous movies he made. But more it is about listening to his thoughts, and they are haunting. It is like listening to extended version of Kurtz himself.Overall, i highly enjoyed "Listen to Me Marlon". It is informative, superbly paced and very self confident and fascinating documentary. It is a haunting experience, not for everyone i guess, but if you liked the acting of this screen legend and would like to go a bit beyond the face of a man, "Listen to Me Marlon" is a must see.
Well made character study of Marlon in his own words.It moves through about 6 or 8 different 'chapters', wherein various quotes by him are edited together rather seamlessly, to create a particular 'emotion' of his.Brando fans are going to love this.This is not a biography documentary, although it does follow his career arc to tell the stories.Basically, it's a window into his thought processes involving various 'situations' in his life.What I really liked about it was it's focus on his childhood, morphing into his career, his wives, and mostly, his children.The <more>
most powerful theme, for me? No matter how hard or far he ran from his parents and childhood? He couldn't prevent it's effects from touching his children.Added bonus? This film is probably as expansive as we'll ever get on his thoughts concerning his craft, and how he approached it.
Inspiring Documentary on the World's Greatest Actor (by nsoulimarwan)
Marlon Brando, more than just an actor. In Listen To Me Marlon, many of Brando's personal recordings are explored. The documentary delves deep inside the recordings throughout the duration of the documentary. We are given private information regarding Brando's personal life on and off the screen. Many of Brando's earliest interviews are shown as well, with Brando giving us his own perspective on his performances in his films. His love for Tahiti is explored as well, and we are given an in depth explanation as to why he refused to respect the 1973 Academy Award for Best Actor in a <more>
Leading Role. The entire documentary, in Brando's own words. Very worth a watch.Overall: 10/10
Giant ego with intelligence and chutzpah (by mikipryor-1)
When Brando was young and screwing his way around New York, he was the hottest hottie in town. Then he got boring and fat. Still a great actor but interested in almost everything but his career. A lot of information about his whereabouts but not so much about his ideas, ideals and what he did. Seemingly drifted from woman to woman, guided by the direction his dick pointed. 17 children by 15 women! Whoa! That is a big legacy, but his relationships with his progeny are not discussed. Do these brothers and sisters even know each other's names? Strange man in a world of his own making. He was <more>
amazing on Broadway in his early years. Later on, the aimless self-indulgent hedonism took its toll. A sad, burn-out who ultimately is remembered for his extraordinary talent.
This documentary is full of many bits and pieces from Brando's life and career. I found it all most fascinating, and agree it's a good documentary.What I found less fulfilling was the choice to use a patchwork approach to its formal structure It jumped around quite a bit, skimming over surfaces; I would have preferred a more chronological, in-depth approach--but that's my own opinion. For instance, Brando got a lot of "bad press flack" for his so-called "erratic behavior" in "Mutiny on the Bounty" and "Apacolypse Now." This documentary had <more>
an opportunity to clarify the controversy, but didn't. What was a treat, though, was viewing live footage of Stellar Adler at work in the formative U.S. stages of teaching the "Method," along with samplings of Stanislavsky's initial philosophy on acting technique. The inclusion of scene clips from Brando's various films were also engaging, though a number of his films were omitted perhaps by not having the studios' approval . The reported clash between Brando's training and Chaplin's directing style was also not covered, only snippets from "A Countess from Hong Kong" were shown. Finally, Brando's having a 3D image of his likeness was shown, but it wasn't made too clear exactly what he envisioned the final utilized product would be. Again, this documentary brought up many fascinating topics and then didn't really demonstrate their significance. On leaving this film, I thought, "here's a topic that could be made into a larger, three-part work and probably still have much footage to spare."
"There's no such thing as a 'great' movie." (by Quinoa1984)
Marlon Brando was, to say the least, a somewhat enigmatic figure in the public eye for many years - notwithstanding or because directly of reports from set or that time he was on Larry King, he could be beautiful, compassionate, difficult, weird, crazy, tragic re: his kids and what befell them/they did , bizarre, provocative, secret, shy, BIG, and so many things, but above all a box of contradictions. These get to be seen on a bigger canvas and some added context with Listen to Me, Marlon, a documentary that uses mostly audio-recorded bytes from Brando as he spoke into a tape recorder <more>
for many years, whether it was preparing for a role as we hear for Apocalypse Now and Last Tango in Paris , self-hypnosis he had to meditate a lot one can see , and just stuff to leave behind for his kids. From 198 hours ! of recordings director Riley gets a lot of interesting facts and opinions and takes on life, acting, parents, his kids, Tahiti, and the directors he worked with and roles he made flesh.The contradiction at heart of Brando's career, though it probably extends to his personal life as well, is that he took his craft very seriously - the "method" style and its popularity came by and large from Brando in the 50's via Stella Adler and Stanislavski to use 'real' emotions felt over time to inform the performance - and yet after a short time of making really a classic set of films in the 50's, quickly became disenchanted/disillusioned by the process. He's on record here of saying things like 'I've never been in a 'great' movie and there's no such thing as a 'great' movie' and that finding any sort of "art" in it is ridiculous as it's all about money and merchants peddling their works. He may have a point but at the same time undercuts that by how seriously he took digging in to someone like Stanley Kowalski who was not someone he could identify himself with or Vito Corleone who he wanted to give some dignity to as a gangster or Colonel Kurtz albeit he perpetuates the myth that Coppola didn't know what he was doing at all until he stepped in, but there's another documentary to see about that whole story of course .So he felt conflicting things about cinema, and yet cared a lot about civil rights and the rights for Native Americans the notorious moment where he sent Littlefeather to get the Godfather Oscar is still awkwardly funny and touching at the same time . He was a lot of things, but what's impressive about the documentary is how the director is able to tap into many different things and weave together a complete portrait from just over an hour and a half of clips out of 198 hours. While he does overdo some of the music cues near the end there's opera singing for Godsakes , there's such a wealth of emotions and perspectives given that incidents like the ones with his kids - when Christian was kidnapped at 13 and then, as an adult, convicted of murder involving his half-sisters boyfriend - make him appear very flawed and all the more human for it.Though not altogether fully great maybe it could've stood being even longer, like there's only so much time so here's the Greatest Hits , I felt like I got a lot of out this, almost like a Citizen Kane if all of the takes were from Kane examining his life and work himself. And it provides a good lesson not just for actors but people in general: pay attention to his you "act" in life, as everybody does it and it's both not special and the most important thing in what you do, whether it's on camera or especially off.