A true story ..
Marlon Brando, winner of two Academy Awards for On The Waterfront and The Godfather, the latter of which he refused in protest against the film industry’s treatment of American Indians, is a movie icon whose most famous screen outings took place largely before my time.
I have vague memories of my dad watching On The Waterfront, late at night and raving about what a great actor he was. I can remember dad reading The Godfather and Last Tango In Paris. These battered paperbacks sitting around the house or poking out from the pocket of the jacket he wore to work.
As a kid I was unaware of the latters notoriety and although I’ve seen the movie now, its still pretty unfathomable.
The Godfather. however is undoubtedly on of my favourite films, not just for his part of the aging Don but the juxtaposition of family values against external ruthlessness.
Which is best .. Godfather 1 or 2?
We would be here all day discussing the relative merits.
I was first aware of Marlon in the late 70s in his roles as Supermans dad Jo-rel and for the mystical Colonel Walter E Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.
I was a teenager then and although happy with his role in Superman, I wondered what the fuss was about and how he could command so much money for so little work, $3.7 million for 2 weeks worth and very little on screen time.
Apocalypse Now, sneaking into the ABC Cinema on Sauchiehall Street to see the big movie everyone was talking about and again wondering what the fuss was all about. Apart from the obvious scenes of the helicopter dropping napalm on the Vietnam with the theme of Ride of The Valkyries blaring, again I wondered what the fuss was.
Would it be different if I watched this now? Would I recognise it as an anti-war statement? Or would it still appear as drug-fuelled nonsense to my adult mind?
Brando was known for his tumultuous personal life and his large number of wives and lovers including a long-term affair with Marilyn Munro.
He was the father to sixteen known children, three of whom were adopted. Some sources claim he fathered as many as 17 children or more
Wind the clock back to the early 90s, when this story really begins… Continue reading “Spending The Night With Marlon Brando.”