In­ti­mate look at Mar­lon Brando

Whanganui Midweek - - CARING FOR THE ELDERLY -

Lis­ten To Me Mar­lon Mon­day, Novem­ber 12, 7pm Davis Theatre, Whanganui Re­gional Mu­seum Ste­van Ri­ley • UK • 2015 • 103 mins • Doc­u­men­tary • M of­fen­sive lan­guage

With never-be­fore-seen pho­tos, au­dio and film footage, British doc­u­men­tar­ian Ste­van Ri­ley de­liv­ers an en­thrallingly in­ti­mate look at the bril­liant, trou­bled and al­ways charis­matic Mar­lon Brando.

“A tonic for Brando fans due to its de­liv­ery of such an un­ex­pect­edly ful­some, in­ti­mate and fresh por­trait of a char­ac­ter more com­plex than any he ever played.” — Hol­ly­wood Re­porter

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RE­VIEWS

“Mar­lon Brando re­veals him­self posthu­mously as he never pub­licly did in life in the re­mark­able doc­u­men­tary Lis­ten to Me Mar­lon. Mak­ing mar­vel­lously cre­ative use of a stash of au­dio record­ings the ac­tor pri­vately made, plus a strik­ing amount of un­fa­mil­iar and never-be­fore-seen pho­tos and film footage, British doc­u­men­tar­ian Ste­van Ri­ley de­liv­ers an en­thrallingly in­ti­mate look at the bril­liant, trou­bled and al­ways charis­matic screen leg­end . . .”

— Todd McCarthy, Hol­ly­wood Re­porter

“Au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal in na­ture, un­con­ven­tional in struc­ture, this is the story of Mar­lon Brando not as the world saw him but as he saw him­self.

“Writ­ten, di­rected and edited by Ste­van Ri­ley, Lis­ten to Me Mar­lon wouldn’t ex­ist if it wasn’t for hun­dreds of hours of au­dio record­ings that the ac­tor made over the course of his life­time, tapes that have never been heard pub­licly un­til now.

“Vary­ing from ex­pan­sive ru­mi­na­tions on act­ing and life to thoughts on spe­cific roles and even in­clud­ing at­tempts at self­hyp­no­sis (one of which gives the film its ti­tle), Lis­ten to Me Mar­lon re­veals Brando to be al­most painfully sen­si­tive and self­aware, a man with a ques­tion­ing in­tel­li­gence who could be pierc­ingly can­did about his life.

“Added into the mix is a care­fully cu­rated col­lage of home movies, news­reels and TV in­ter­views. We get to see colour footage of Brando touch­ing up his own makeup on the set of On the Water­front and an ex­cru­ci­at­ing 1955 ap­pear­ance with his fa­ther on the Ed­ward R Mur­row-hosted Per­son to Per­son.

“And be­cause Brando had his face digi­tised in the 1980s, we get to see a digi­tised ver­sion of the ac­tor recit­ing the ‘sound and fury sig­ni­fy­ing noth­ing’ so­lil­o­quy from Mac­beth.

“Lis­ten to Me Mar­lon of­fers proof, de­spite oc­ca­sional out­bursts to the con­trary, of how much Brando cared about act­ing, how se­ri­ously he took it, how con­sumed he was by the me­chan­ics of get­ting it right . . .” — Ken­neth Tu­ran,

LA Times

■ Full Re­view: http:/ /www.la­times.com/en­ter­tain­ment/ movies/la-et-mn-mar­lon-re­view20150731-story.html

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