‘Listen to Me Marlon’ Lets Brando Talk


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Marlon Brando, 31, with his father, Marlon Sr., in 1955.

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Marlon Brando has been dead 11 years, but he lives eerily on in “Listen to Me Marlon,” which begins a two-week run on July 29 at Film Forum. The movie creates a fitful biography of Brando using hundreds of hours of audio recordings he made and a weird holographic head of the actor. With Brando’s somewhat trippy observations as a guide, it looks at career highlights as well as the personal calamities that seemed to follow the man, like the suicide of his daughter Cheyenne.

“By skipping across time and steering clear of the usual biographical tidiness (birth, life, death), the director Stevan Riley both avoids the usual great-man traps and makes Mr. Brando come searchingly alive,” Manohla Dargis wrote in The New York Times when the film played at New Directors/New Films in March.

“Listen to Me Marlon” is a teaser for a 10-movie tribute to Brando that Film Forum has scheduled for Aug. 7-11 (filmforum.org).



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