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Listen to Me Marlon

Listen to Me Marlon

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Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: August 21, 2015 Released by: Passion Pictures

A new untraditional documentary of an iconic actor (from On The Waterfront to The Godfather to The Last Tango In Paris) is recounted in a fascinating way that puts new light on an incorrigible though highly intelligent man who studied at the Stella Adler school.

Marlon Brando died over a decade ago but had a vast archive at his disposal that director Stevan Riley uses to great effect with his editing staff in Listen To Me Marlon that provides a re-examination of an actor who hit his nadir after or during films with Matthew Broderick and Robert DeNiro. His son received a manslaughter charge and his daughter committing suicide put him on a dark path in trying to come to terms with his personal and professional existence.

The archival footage that appears and much likely omitted including his sister also successful in the same profession in some ways offers insight into a vulnerable man looking for solitude in a place like Tahiti. It's not about piecing together a complex puzzle (with some 3D in the process) because an enigma truly never understood himself. But, through audio recordings and much, much more in a hardly prolonged period, Listen To Me gives Marlon the standard of excellence and eloquence rarely known in magnificent "method" fashion.

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