LIS­TEN TO ME MAR­LON

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Film­maker Ste­van Ri­ley got ac­cess to hun­dreds of hours of au­dio­tape of Mar­lon Brando re­flect­ing on his life and his art, and has fash­ioned a re­mark­able ex­er­cise in some­thing like doc­u­men­tary au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. The tapes, which the ac­tor recorded over the course of much of his life, in­clude mus­ings on roles, celebrity, self-crit­i­cism, fam­ily, and the highs and lows of his long ca­reer. The tapes are but­tressed with film clips, TV in­ter­views, screen tests, and TV cov­er­age of sev­eral tragedies in his life, in­clud­ing the mur­der trial of his son and the sui­cide of his daugh­ter. While this doc­u­men­tary is by no means a com­plete pic­ture, it’s a fas­ci­nat­ing self-por­trait of the man who was one of our great­est ac­tors — when he felt like it. Not rated. 95 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (Jonathan Richards)

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