"The actor was never more appealing than in this candid-camera cameo, his best performance." - Howard Thompson, the New York Times
Marlon Brando is caught in a Method conundrum; expected to play "movie star," he wants to live in the moment. To help his moribund 1965 film MORITURI, Brando agreed to participate in a marathon, day-long series of filmed interviews with reporters from local TV stations across the country. This mind-boggling event took place at the Hampshire Hotel in New York and was captured on film by the Maysles. The end result is MEET MARLON BRANDO, one of the star's least-known films where Brando is himself as master of the put-down and prince of biting sarcasm.
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Can't think of a an actor or member of the press today who would conduct as candid, witty and sexually charged an interview as Brando and these individuals did. There was a depth and intelligence to this man which undoubtedly added to his charisma and appeal.
A short look into the unwillingness of Marlon Brando to speak deeply about a movie he made that he doesn't seem to be so proud of. Also shows the sexism of the time, as I got the sense he would much rather have been whispering sweet nothings into the ears of the female reporters than talking out loud to them in a crowded lunchroom. And the resulting awkwardness of those female reporters didn't seem to bother any of the male reports at all. Gave them all a little chuckle.
WOW! What a great surprise! A superdoc. made by the masters, they help Brando to manipulate the manipulaters, turn the tables, on an unsuspecting press. He is an incorridgable Satyr, and Imp, until the subject of the "American Indian" comes up, stops all the mirth by sayng "That's really not something to be flipant about" . When asked , what's in the future? He replies"I don't know I'm not an astronomer". This film proves one thing Brando will be Brando. He had the film crews in stitches the whole time. I laughed out loud. He is just so brilliant and entertaining. I totally recommend this film.
one starof five
Amazing interviews! Brando was so funny and charming! And insightful!
I would love to see a film like this with Marilyn Monroe.
The proverbial Brando. Honestly serious, charming, and witty.
LOVE Brando and the film! Smart, funny, charming, splendidly seductive, Brando had it all — then. I've just fallen in love with him; a wee bit too late;)
Outstanding. Loved every second.