Listen To Me Marlon review

If the great Marlon is what you want then Brando you certainly get in this watchable documentary. It's his voice only you hear – there are no talking heads, no contributions from co-stars or directors – as discursive recordings he made over the years are aired for the first time, ruminating on any number of issues including the civil rights movement and the plight of the American Indian.

It traces his life through these recordings, with plentiful clips of his many films as well as home movie footage and sequences from chat shows and press appearances. If you're fan of this iconic actor then it's a joy to be reminded of his vast range and work – it's amazing he did a Tennessee Williams (Streetcar Named Desire),  a Shakespeare (Julius Caesar) and a musical (Guys and Dolls) among others all in the space of five years.

Shame we don't get to hear him dish the dirt on his co-workers though. Apart from complaining about the filming of Mutiny on the Bounty and suggesting that Candy is his worst film there is little discussion about the making of his movies, though he does call Francis Coppola a "prick" over the fall-out of Apocalypse Now.
Incidentally, Candy was indeed an atrocity but wasn't Christopher Columbus: The Discovery worse?

His philosophical musings are not particularly penetrating or interesting so it's a shame we don't get to hear more concrete analysis or indeed showbiz anecdotes from him if they were recorded. No matter, the clips of classics such as On The Waterfront, Viva Zapata, The Wild One, Last Tango in Paris and The Godfather make this worthy of attention. His earth-shattering influence on the acting profession can never be forgotten.

Listen To Me Marlon at IMDb

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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