When you think of Marlon Brando I’ll bet a fiercely attractive man springs to mind, muscles straining against his t-shirt. Perhaps he’s clasping a beer bottle as though he’s just walked off the set of A Street Car Named Desire, or chewing on a cigarette from On the Waterfront. One thing I know is certain he he has a pout to set the strongest of hearts racing….I think you get the idea!
Stephen Riley’s documentary, Listen to me Marlon, therefore caught me by surprise. Unknown to me – and perhaps many others out there – Brando was obsessive about keeping audio diaries. For 50 years he made audio notes, providing insight into the roles he was preparing for, meetings with top Hollywood professionals and uncovering a personal side that he had previously shunned from the limelight. Riley plays these against interviews, films, and rare family footage, digging into ever corner of his life story to give us a very honest and unique insight.