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Thanks for that, as that is fair warning. I think part of my fascination with him is the huge impact his early work had on stage and film acting in America, but then his later acting out and self-destruction, while nothing to admire, is also a compelling thing to see. It is sometimes hard to know how much he was in control of it all, how much his later career ended up being a grand act of satire on Hollywood movies. A sort of Andy Kaufman-esque piece of performance art, played across years. Or, maybe he was just out of control, past the time when he was exciting and relevant, and merely selfish and childish. That is possible, too. But I have been pretty fascinated by him for a long time. An excellent, warts-and-all but not bent on exploitation and tawdry details book about him is Somebody: The Reckless and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando by Stefan Kanfer. It is also a good audiobook, which is how I "read" it. What I liked is how well Kanfer captured just how exciting and influential he was early in his career. For those of us that saw more of his work when he was starting to become more of a joke or a parody of himself, it helped to cement who he was when he was the best actor of his generation, when he actually CHANGED acting.If you like documentaries about filmmaking, particularly ones that involved specific problematic film shoots, then I can't recommend enough Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau. My God! This was the film shoot from hell and it confirms one thing. Actor Val Kilmer is an ASS! Seriously, documentary was fascinating; like car wreck fascinating.
Thanks for the heads up on that-- I am fascinated by Brando (we even named a cat after him), and first saw a feature about this doc in EW. I didn't realize it was now out, and on Netflix. Thanks!
David, Brando's performance in On the Waterfront is my all time favorite male acting performance. With that said, he doesn't come off in this doc that much better than Vain Val. I'll say no more but when you see it, I would be most interested in your thoughts.
Never forget.I love Big Trouble in Little China. It is such a fun book.
Btlc - 9-11