Listen to Me Marlon

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Listen to Me Marlon
Listen to Me Marlon poster.jpg
Directed by Stevan Riley
Produced by John Battsek RJ Cutler George Chignell
Written by Stevan Riley, Peter Ettedgui (co-writer)
Starring Marlon Brando
Music by Stevan Riley, Gary Welch (music supervisor)
Edited by Stevan Riley
Passion Pictures Cutler Productions
Release date
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Listen to Me Marlon is a 2015 documentary film written, directed and edited by Stevan Riley about the movie star and iconic actor Marlon Brando.

The Village Voice calls it "a masterpiece"[1] and David Edelstein lists it as "the greatest, most searching documentary of an actor ever put on film."[2] According to Vanity Fair, it "is a compelling documentary about Marlon Brando compiled entirely from private audio tapes the actor recorded at home, in business meetings, during hypnosis, in therapy, and during press interviews."[3]

In July 2015, Listen to Me Marlon was released theatrically in the United States; screening in over 140 cities during a ten-week run. The film has also recently been nominated for a Gotham Award.[4]

Variety writes Brando's "complexity is limned as well as a documentary possibly could manage... Made with the full cooperation of the Brando estate, the pic is a superbly crafted collage whose soundtrack is as complexly textured as the curation and editing of visual elements."[5] As Rolling Stone magazine summed it up, "You want Brando Confidential? Fine, you've got it."[6]



  1. ^ Marsh, Calum (March 18, 2015). "The New Directors/New Films Series Offers the Year's Best". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  2. ^ Edelstein, David (July 25, 2015). "Listen to Me Marlon Is a Searching Documentary in Brando's Own Words". New York. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  3. ^ Miller, Julie "A Sundance Filmmaker Attempts to Explain Marlon Brando in the Enigmatic Icon's Own Words", Vanity Fair. 23 January 2015
  4. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (October 22, 2015). "'Diary Of A Teenage Girl' Leads Gotham Independent Film Award Nominations – Full List". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 30, 2016.
  5. ^ Harvey, Dennis "Sundance Film Reviews: Listen to Me Marlon", Variety. 31 January 2015
  6. ^ "25 Must-See Movies at Sundance 2015: No.1 - Listen to Me Marlon", Rolling Stone. January 2015.

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