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7.9
/10
309 Ratings

Listen to Me Marlon

Directed by Stevan Riley
United Kingdom, 2015
Documentary

Synopsis

With exclusive access to previously unheard audio archives, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Charting his exceptional career and extraordinary life away from the stage and screen, the film fully explores the complexities of the man.

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Listen to Me Marlon Directed by Stevan Riley

Awards & Festivals

Village Voice Film Poll

2015 | 3rd place: Best Documentary

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2015 | Nominee: Best Documentary

National Board of Review

2015 | Winner: Top Five Documentaries

Brando “made hundreds of hours of private audio recordings, none of which have been heard by the public until now.” They make up the bulk of the documentary’s voice-over, lending the film an unencumbered feeling of intimacy, as if we were given a chance to overhear Brando’s thoughts. But Listen to Me Marlon functions less as an illuminating portrait of Brando himself than as a document of the import of psychoanalysis and Method acting into America’s cultural lexicon at midcentury.
March 13, 2016
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The portrait Marlon Brando deserves, which, of course, is saying a lot. As weird and singular as it is emotionally involving, Riley’s film takes movie and other archival clips, newly shot material, confessional audio from the man himself and a wonderfully strange Max Headroom-esque digital Brando bust and crafts an epic psychic dive into the mind of most beautiful/problematic actor we’ve ever known.
January 18, 2016
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It’s disappointing that the director reverts to a more conventional archive footage format for the remainder of his documentary. Riley also misses a trick by not providing any context as to how and when each confessional was recorded, instead preferring to chapter his film according to the more obvious career milestones and notable personal conflicts and tragedies.
October 23, 2015
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