TO ME MAR­LON

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(Ste­van Ri­ley, UK). 102 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNNN Ste­van Ri­ley’s look at the life and ca­reer of Mar­lon Brando is far more per­son­ally re­veal­ing than any pre­vi­ous bi­og­ra­phy. Con­structed from in­ter­views, film clips and home movies, it’s nar­rated by the ac­tor him­self through pre­vi­ously un­re­leased au­dio record­ings – in­clud­ing a se­ries of self-hyp­no­sis tapes in which he lit­er­ally begs him­self to aban­don old wounds and re­sent­ments and em­brace his pos­i­tive mem­o­ries of his child­hood.

Brando’s ru­mi­na­tions shift be­tween pop psy­chol­ogy and gen­uine in­tro­spec­tion as Lis­ten To Me Mar­lon glides through its sub­ject’s life, from his ex­plo­sive early film work (and the self-in­dul­gence and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism that threat­ened to de­rail his ca­reer) to his artis­tic re­nais­sance with The God­fa­ther, Last Tango In Paris and Apoca­lypse Now.

The ac­tor’s dis­com­fort with celebrity is never far from his thoughts; it’s al­most as though he fore­sees the per­sonal tragedies await­ing him in his later years and des­per­ately wants to out­run them.

The re­sult is a deeply sym­pa­thetic por­trait of a man who wanted to act, got his wish and lived to re­gret it. NW Apr 26, 9: 45 pm, Bloor Hot Docs; Apr 28, 2:15 pm, Is­abel Bader; May 1, 10: 30 am, Is­abel Bader; May 3, 6: 45 pm, Re­gent

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