A revealing new documentary about the mysterious and eccentric actor Marlon Brando, titled Listen to Me Marlon, premieres later this month.
Whether he was playing mob boss Vito Corleone in The Godfather, ex-prize fighter Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront or the barbaric Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, the Oscar Award-winning Brando always gave an awe-inspiring performance, building a reputation as one of the greatest film actors of all time.
The documentary takes a very personal look at the iconic actor, who was extremely private and granted few interviews. The project is based on exclusive access to over 300 hours of recently discovered recordings made by Brando himself, some labeled "self-hypnosis." In these previously unheard and unseen recordings, made over a long period of time, Brando guides viewers through his incomparable career and his fascinating personal life. Unlike typical biographical documentaries, there are no interviews with friends, colleagues, authors or historians. The story is told completely from Brando's perspective and entirely in his own voice, talking about himself and his life. The movie unlocks the enigma of a complex man who appeared troubled and insecure despite his extraordinary success.
Among Brando's witty and insightful comments are priceless quotes like, "I arrived in New York with holes in my socks and holes in my mind," and "When the camera is close on you, your face becomes the stage."
The film was written and directed by Stevan Riley, known for the sports documentary Fire in Babylon. Riley's co-writer was Peter Ettedgui (Everything or Nothing).
Listen to Me Marlon debuts on July 29.
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