A creative journey into the mind and motivation of an enigma. Making use of an archive of audio tapes, Brando’s own voice leads us through his life story, guiding us into the padlocked recesses of his own memory, and through the story of his life.
“Stevan Riley’s Listen to Me Marlon is the greatest, most searching documentary of an actor ever put on film” – David Edelstein, New York Magazine
“A masterpiece” – The Village Voice
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The film reveals witty and unexpected turns of Marlon’s thinking; dipping between light and dark, humour and self-psychoanalysis. As Marlon looks back on his legendary career, film clips are woven alongside personal archive; the young Brando’s electrifying looks, raw performances and brooding charm put us entirely under his spell, leaving no doubt why he once skyrocketed to overnight stardom. In mid-life his meteoric comeback continues to resonate, while the reclusive exile of later years offers up rare flashes of acting brilliance from a waning supernova.
Throughout, Marlon provides a surprising range of insights – from his revolutionary methodology to his relationship with his father to his politics. What emerges is Brando’s intellectual introspection, humour and sensitivity; a man in perpetual search for moral clarity.