Listen to Me Marlon
Time Out says
An essential glimpse inside the mind of America's greatest actor.
Who dares to venture inside the head of Marlon Brando? This ghostly doc recalls the late actor’s life and work and opens with an eerie, lively computer animation of his face. It was digitized by an FX guru in the 1980s, allowing the On the Waterfront actor to return here for one last performance amid this film’s rush of old movie snippets and archival clips. Director Stevan Riley also had access to hours of audiotapes the elderly actor recorded himself, essentially allowing Brando to narrate his own biography, the wisdom of age giving otherwise familiar accounts of making The Godfather a dark, psychologically intriguing edge.
“You’ve got to be your own analyst,” says a whispery, aging Brando. The man who emerged as a robust but sensitive star in the 1950s offers much frank introspection, some of it no doubt inspired by the late-life family tragedies with which Riley bookends his film. But it’s not all doom, gloom and personal disasters—the film also offers lucid insights on the links between the man and his movies. “Haven’t you got any pride left?” Brando asks of himself, musing on his 1960s career slump. He’d be proud of this one.