"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.
If you've ever seen Bob Dylan in "Don't Look Back", these two guys are on the same wavelength, making perfect sense in a pure way. The rest is commentary and silly questions. We all engage in this game, and we all know what the answers are, but most are afraid to act on them. Instead, we buzz around the brave ones. Somehow Brando and Dylan found the courage, or the space, or the opportunity to step forward from their own truth. This film is a worthwhile reminder.
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.
Very insightful. We see Brando and his intense powers of observation of other beings, making comments to his interviewers and showing he is studying them.
Marlon Brando is the best.
What an enlightening doc. Mr Brando was very intelligent and keenly aware of realities of those times which remain relevant today. Also, I had no idea he was fluent in French and German. What planet was he from?
a great look at a very complicated actor.
Brando is a genius, a sex-god, an impassioned, thoughtful and alpha man, but most of all, a trickster. You could just spend the film looking at that intelligent, uber-handsome face just thinking and acting (in the literal and figurative senses of that word). Like a boxer, Brando maneuvers and manipulates the banal agendas of reporters so that he can set off his own fireworks and express what's really important to him. In that sense, Brando is masterful, and of course challenging, seductive and elusive to the people who interview him.
Nice snippets, a ladies man but it was the 60s.
one starof five
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.
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.