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"Listen to me, Marlon...This is one part of yourself speaking to another part of yourself. Listen to the sound of my voice and trust me. You know I have your interests at heart. Just relax, relax, relax. I'm going to help you change in a way that will make you feel happier, more useful...I want you to accept what I say as true. What I tell you here and now is true."
- Marlon Brando, self-hypnosis tape, 1996
By Alex Simon
In addition to being widely regarded as the greatest film actor of all-time, Marlon Brando, who died in 2004, remains one of popular culture's great enigmas. A man who fiercely guarded his privacy and shunned the spotlight whenever he could, Brando purchased an island in the South Pacific, a place so remote and removed from the western world and its media. It was »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
A trio of documentaries that likely will factor in awards season bow this weekend, while a new feature starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel could give some lift into the specialty box office. Showtime Documentary Film is giving its Sundance docu Listen To Me Marlon, which tells Oscar-winning screen legend Marlon Brando’s story through his own words, a traditional theatrical window ahead of its fall debut on the network. Magnolia Pictures and Participant will open… »
Morgan Neville won an Oscar for his 2013 crowd-pleasing documentary "20 Feet From Stardom," about back-up singers who could be stars in their own right. With "Best of Enemies," co-directed by Neville and Robert Gordon, the subject matter is seemingly more rarefied, but just as engaging. The new film chronicles the live television debates between conservative William F. Buckley Jr. and liberal Gore Vidal during the Democratic and Republican national conventions in the summer of 1968. Though a historical documentary about a television debate may sound dull, "Best of Enemies" is anything but as the directors focus on the two "leads'" oversized personalities and their intensely contentious relationship. Read More: How This Director Used 3D Technology to Bring Marlon Brando Back to Life In addition to the magnetic, larger-than-life characters at its center, "Best of Enemies" delves into the introduction of point-counterpoint type »
- Paula Bernstein
It sure has been a hell of a year for the artist biography in the world of documentary cinema. With films like Montage of Heck, Amy and What Happened, Miss Simone, giving us a view of their central focus in their very own words, 2015 has been the year not only of boundary pushing documentaries like The Look Of Silence, but form challenging and introspective meditations on fame like the three mentioned above. Be it the audio recordings in Montage of Heck or the video founds in the Amy Winehouse picture Amy, we are becoming more and more privy to insights into our artists that one could never have thought of gaining.
And now the greatest film of the bunch is finally seeing a release.
Following very much in the mold of recent from-the-horse’s-mouth style documentaries like the ones above, Listen To Me Marlon is arguably the crowning achievement of this new movement of sorts. »
- Joshua Brunsting
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Stunts Showcase of the Day: With Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation opening this weekend, io9 presents a look at all of Tom Cruise's crazy stunts from the movie series: Actor Profile of the Day: Speaking of the Mission: Impossible series, here's a video showing us how to be Tom Cruise, specifically as Ethan Hunt (via Montage Creators): Vintage Image of the Day: Marlon Brando on the set of A Streetcar Named Desire. The still is now being repurposed to promote the acclaimed new documentary Listen to Me Marlon, which opened in theaters this week. Movie Fan of the Day: There's a chance the voice we hear singing "Everything Is...
- Christopher Campbell
This post originally ran January 2015. We are rerunning it with Listen to Me Marlon out this weekend.Marlon Brando died more than a decade ago. And Marlon Brando when he was alive wasn’t known for being particularly open; indeed, for much of his life, he was considered fairly reclusive. And yet here he is, in the fascinating documentary Listen to Me Marlon, taking us on a journey into his life and his deepest, most intimate thoughts. The film, which premiered at Sundance this week, was produced and developed by Showtime and will premiere on the network later this year. It turns out that Brando — starting in the 1940s and right through to his later years — had been creating private audio recordings in which he discussed his life. “Probably about 300 hours of it,” says director Stevan Riley. “When we finally got it all transcribed, we had a pile of paper »
- Bilge Ebiri
There are never fewer than about eight reasons to think about Marlon Brando at any given moment, but right now there are a couple more: it's 61 years to the day since the release of Elia Kazan's peerless "On the Waterfront," which netted Brando the first of his two Best Actor Oscars, and this week also sees the release of one of the best documentaries of the year, "Listen to Me Marlon." We've had six decades to talk about the brilliance of the first, so a few words about the second, to which we gave a strongly positive review out of the New Directors/New Films Festival, and which, if anything, those of us who've seen it since are even more high on. Read More: Watch: Trailer And Clip For Marlon Brando Documentary 'Listen To Me Marlon' British director Stevan Riley has previously mounted documentaries on the James Bond franchise, »
- The Playlist Staff
Since his death, Marlon Brando has become a legend, but the actor and the man himself have gotten lost. British director Stevan Riley’s documentary Listen to Me, Marlon attempts to restore the person underneath the myth. To some extent, that’s an impossible task; even Brando himself, heard on self-recorded audio tape, talks about how movie audiences project themselves into actors. Drawing on hundreds of hours of tape recorded by Brando, as well as other audio and video sources, Riley assembles the autobiography the actor never gotten around to writing. Instead of interviewing other actors and directors about the Method, Elia […] »
- Steven Erickson
As unconventional as its subject, Listen to Me Marlon offers an unusually intimate portrait of Marlon Brando, told almost entirely in his own words, culled from hundreds of hours of audiotapes he recorded over many years’ time. They range from self-hypnosis mantras to confessionals about his troubled youth. He also speaks with candor and insight about the nature of acting and the curse of fame. I found it all utterly fascinating Filmmaker Stevan Riley fleshes out his raw material with a host of film excerpts, newsreel footage, television appearances, and the Maysles Brothers’ infectiously amusing Meet Marlon Brando (1966), in which the star shamelessly flirts with attractive female...
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- Leonard Maltin
“I coulda been a contender! I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.” That classic scene from “On The Waterfront” was part and parcel behind Marlon Brando's release into the stratosphere of supercool. Beginning with his stage debut as Stanley Kowalski in “A Streetcar Named Desire” (which he, of course, reprised in the 1951 film adaptation), his film debut in “The Men,” and a string of larger-than-life roles culminating with his Oscar-winning turn as Terry Malloy in 'Waterfront,' Hollywood was Brando's oyster in the 1950s, and a man became a cultural symbol. Through these roles, and future titanic turns in “The Godfather,” “Apocalypse Now,” and “The Last Tango in Paris,” we know and remember Marlon Brando as one of the greatest screen actors of all time. But what of the man behind the actor? This question fuels Stevan Riley's documentary, »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Using hundreds of hours of audio recordings, Steven Riley crafts a remarkable documentary that offers unrivalled insight into what made the actor tick
Despite his towering public profile, Marlon Brando was a deeply private man. Yet in the documentary Listen to Me Marlon, the actor lowers his defences to reveal his innermost thoughts. Director Steven Riley’s film is a fascinating collage which profoundly probes its subject’s psyche. Given his reluctance to talk to the press in his later years, it’s unlikely that Brando, who died in 2004 aged 80, would have relished the results of Riley’s labours.
Yet Riley’s film is no tabloid feeding frenzy: it was commissioned by Brando’s own estate, and is entirely constructed of hundreds of hours of audio recordings, made by the actor himself. It’s doubtful that Brando ever thought the revelatory tapings would one day provide fodder for a documentary, »
- Nigel M Smith
Who was the real Marlon Brando? Those unfamiliar with the Method-acting icon’s electrifying early work with director Elia Kazan might recall him as a bloated recluse, sequestered away in his Mulholland Drive compound or his Tahitian retreat, only to emerge when scandal hit or to rake in a quick million with work that was beneath him.
But “Listen to Me Marlon,” which opens in New York on July 29 and in L.A. July 31, goes a long way toward debunking the myths behind the legend, who died in 2004.
“He did take acting very seriously, even to the end,” says the film’s writer-editor-director Stevan Riley. “He would do intensive research for roles, scribbling in the margins of books and scripts. Everything he learned he would somehow squeeze into a film if he had an interest in it: things about mythology, the nature of good and evil, Freudian analysis. He was »
- Steve Chagollan
Us actor best known for his role as the mobster Moe Greene in The Godfather
Alex Rocco, who has died of cancer aged 79, might have had bigger and more challenging parts than the Jewish mobster Moe Greene in the first part of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather trilogy (1972), but it remains his most celebrated role.
“The Godfather gave a great boost to my career – although casting directors would always see me as ‘the guy with the bloody eye’, even years later after I had gone in a few different directions,” Rocco commented. “The guy with the bloody eye” was one of several murdered victims who had refused an offer presented to them by Mafia boss Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando).
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- Ronald Bergan
Rocco, who died Saturday at the age of 79, cited “Teddy Z” as the “most fun” he ever had in his long career, according to Rocco’s family. Rocco played stressed-out talent agent Al Floss, who clashed with the agency’s mailroom wunderkind Teddy Zakalokis, played by Cryer.
“Teddy Z” only lasted one season in 1989-90 — its final five episodes never saw the light of day until Comedy Central ran the entire series in 1993. But Rocco earned an Emmy for his performance, and made a lifelong friend of Cryer.
On Sunday, Cryer remembered his co-star as “an actor possessed of enormous gifts” with a big heart and infectious spirit.
“I had seen a report of his passing on social media and spent »
- Cynthia Littleton
July 14th may not have a lot of genre-related titles arriving on DVD and Blu-ray, but the films making their home entertainment debuts this week are a rather stellar bunch nonetheless. For anyone who may have missed two of the best indie films this year in theaters—Ex Machina and It Follows—you’ll have a chance to catch up with both this coming Tuesday.
Scream Factory is also keeping busy this week with their high-def release of Philippe Mora’s cult classic, Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf, and they also have two double feature Blu-rays coming out as well. Severin Films has put together an extensive special edition release of the recent documentary Lost Soul, which follows the troubled production of Richard Stanley’s Island of Doctor Moreau and looks pretty incredible and for all you X-Men fans out there, the Rogue Cut version of Days »
- Heather Wixson
At some point in 2011, the world agreed that Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper would be indestructible forces who bathed in Oscar nominations. Did you know if Cooper scores another Oscar nod in a leading category next year, he ties Marlon Brando's record for four consecutive Best Actor nominations in a row? Kind of cool and chilling, right? The important thing is you can now watch Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence fail us in the 2014 dud "Serena." It's on Netflix now. What was it about, you ask? Well, it concerned a timber merchant whose life spirals when he learns his wife, after her miscarriage, can't bear children. For Depression-era South Carolina, both stars look incredibly posh. Let's watch this mess together, shall we? Here are five other questions you can get answered via new streams on the web. Remember that time Angelina Jolie starred in a Clint Eastwood movie? "Changeling »
- Louis Virtel
The directors of Jurassic World and Terminator Genisys have criticised the movies’ marketing campaigns, saying they contain spoilers and misrepresent their work. Does their unusual honesty point to a wider crisis in Hollywood?
Ever since Marlon Brando slurred: “Whaddya got?” to a friendly bobbysoxer’s enquiries, it has been clear that cinema loves a rebel. Everyone and everything, from Star Wars to Tony Hancock, likes to give the word an airing, and fight their corner. Often, however, it seems as if film-makers themselves are the least rebellious creatures of all. Shackled by funding obligations, corralled by marketing teams, subdued by press campaigns, directors tend to be docile beasts, the least truculent, most accommodating figures in the creative arts spectrum. With so much cash – and the fate of entire corporations – riding on their efforts, it’s not hard to understand why.
But something may be stirring: the first small sparks of revolution. »
- Andrew Pulver
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above: Nastassja Kinski & Jean-Pierre Léaud are on the poster for the 2015 Venice Film Festival.At the New York Times, A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis are in dialogue reflecting on feminism and summer movies.There's a new festival in the works from producer/distributor Karin Chien, critic/curator Shelly Kraicer, and filmmaker/anthropologist J.P. Sniadecki: "Cinema on the Edge! Bestof the Beijing Indie Film Festival." With the 2014 Biff thwarted, these three are essentially transposing the festival and its films to New York this summer. They've launched a Kickstarter to support the venture.Above: Lauren Bacall in a 1943 issue of Harper's Bazaar. Via bettybecallbeauty.Film Comment's latest issue is out, and much of it is available to read online, including Kent Jones on Horse Money, reports from Cannes and Tribeca, »
I don’t think anyone forgets the first time they meet Jerry Weintraub. For me, one of my earliest memories of him was on the set of the original “The Karate Kid” in 1983. He was in his office at Bungalow 1 of the Columbia Pictures lot. He had a golf car with a Rolls Royce grille parked out right in front, whereas everybody else had a standard beige golf cart. On that day, Jerry strutted past me and called out loudly to his assistant, “Get me George Bush on the phone.” He was wearing this khaki safari-like jacket, big sunglasses and he always had swagger in his walk.
While I was making the first three “Karate Kid” movies, Jerry was an influential figure in my career. He’d say to me as recently as our last conversation, “I love you like a son.” But he was more like an uncle. After »
- Ralph Macchio
Glenda Jackson: Actress and former Labour MP. Two-time Oscar winner and former Labour MP Glenda Jackson returns to acting Two-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson set aside her acting career after becoming a Labour Party MP in 1992. Four years ago, Jackson, who represented the Greater London constituency of Hampstead and Highgate, announced that she would stand down the 2015 general election – which, somewhat controversially, was won by right-wing prime minister David Cameron's Conservative party. The silver lining: following a two-decade-plus break, Glenda Jackson is returning to acting. Now, Jackson isn't – for the time being – returning to acting in front of the camera. The 79-year-old is to be featured in the Radio 4 series Emile Zola: Blood, Sex and Money, described on their website as a “mash-up” adaptation of 20 Emile Zola novels collectively known as "Les Rougon-Macquart." Part 1 of the three-part Radio 4 series will be broadcast daily during an »
- Andre Soares
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