Listen to Me Marlon
Dir. Stevan Riley. 2015, 103 mins. DCP. Culled from hundreds of hours of private, never-before-heard audio recordings, and paired with vintage film clips and archival footage, this is the story of Marlon Brando as told by Marlon Brando. Director and editor Stevan Riley does much more than synthesize archival material into a worthy biography—he effectively exhumes the legendary actor to explore matters existential, psychological, and creative, even employing Brando’s digitally rendered likeness (actually commissioned by the Oscar-winner before his death) to hauntingly address the audience from the cinematic beyond. Formally audacious and emotionally devastating, Listen to Me Marlon is an appropriately complex and innovative portrait of the artist.