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'Listen to Me Marlon': EW review

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Alamy/Courtesey of Showtime

Listen to Me Marlon

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
100 minutes
Wide Release Date:
07/29/15
performer:
Marlon Brando
director:
Stevan Riley
genre:
Documentary, Biography

We gave it an A

He died in 2004, but Marlon Brando’s 300 hours of audio recordings serve as narration for this unorthodox documentary on his life. The tone is both worshipful—justifiably, per film clips of his nuclear-wattage sexuality—and critical, examining family tragedies (including his daughter’s suicide) and his obesity. At one point he performs self-hypnosis for weight loss. And occasionally we see a pixelated version of his face (he had it digitized in the ‘80s) uttering raspy proverbs about fame. A wondrously sly, moving, odd portrait—perfectly befitting its subject. A