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29 Jul, 2015

Listen to Me Marlon

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Riley directs Listen to Me Marlon, a documentary that features musings taken from more than 300 hours of Brando’s self-recorded audio tapes that the actor had made as preparation for his official biography. The documentary begins in Brando’s childhood, revisiting the actor’s tough relationship with his alcoholic mother and abusive father. It includes his thoughts on films such as Apocalypse Now (he calls early drafts of the script “stupid” and “awful) and Last Tango in Paris (“I realized, you know, you’re naked”), as well as thoughts on his family tragedies.

My pitch (to make the film) was Brando on Brando. I thought it would be amazing to tell it entirely in his own voice, especially because he was so private. It was a Freudian study. He was in psychotherapy most of his life. His life was characterized by his youth. He didn’t want to be like his father but it was inescapable.

1 Jul, 2004

Marlon Brando dies age 80

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Brando dies from lung failure, age 80, at UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles. Once asked if he was afraid of death, Brando quoted Marc Antony, whom he played in a film of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar:

Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, it seems to me most strange that men should fear; seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will come.

1975

Marlon Brando interview

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Brando talks about the treatment of Native Americans.

We were building a land on the blood and bones of you people.

Marlon Brando Actor Activist with host John Kauffman on "Survival" (1975)