Brando the Analog, Digitized
I just watched a very unusual documentary.
One that touched me quite deeply.
It was on Marlon Brando.
Taken from a personal archive of tapes he made. Video and audio.
It starts and ends with a computer-generated, digital rendering of him that was captured toward the end of his life.
And in fact this device is a perfect audio-visual metaphor for the feeling of the whole piece.
Heavy, fascinating, somewhat disembodied, with a sense of almost swimming in darkness. While searching constantly for light.
This movie was about life itself.
It’s ironic, or maybe not at all, that a person who has been alleged to be the greatest actor of all time, which is perhaps another way of saying the greatest analog of everyone else’s interior condition, would be the subject, years after his death, of a biography that so honestly and powerfully does precisely what his best acting did.
Which is to say that his personal life, which was by all accounts an extremely private one, as depicted by this film successfully inspires massive feeling.
Feeling of identification,
The feeling of what it is to be myself, in my life.
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