A century of cinematic myth, experts remember the legacy of Marlon Brando – El Sol de México

Marlon Brando was a star hollywoodin all lines, experts agree, 100 years after the birth of the actor. “He has a time in which the archetype of young starwith that strong image that he had in his first films and little by little he is becoming a leading actor, with an indisputable presence on stage, which immortalized characters”, stated film critic Gerardo Gil Ballesteros in an interview with El Sol de México.

Since childhood, the life of Marlon Brando was surrounded by controversy. She was born April 3, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska. The son of Dorothy Pennebaker, a actress frustrated and abused, as well as Marlon Brando, a domineering, boastful and angry father.

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His mother He died young, so he had a complicated relationship with his fatherwhich caused him to have much more difficult behavior while growing up.

But his destiny was to be on the film sets. His career began in the 1950s; Men (1950), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Viva Zapata! (1952), and Julius Caesar (1953) were the first films he made.

By 1954, his work on The Law of Silence, under the direction of Elia Kazan, led him to success and international fame. He won his first Oscar, in the category of Best Actor.

Marlon Brando He always advocated using an acting technique very different from that which was popular at that time. He sought, at all times, to look as natural as possible in each of his scenes; That technique was called “the method.”

“They said that he didn’t even learn the roles, he simply improvised, did what he wanted and created chaos in the production, even in some it was rumored that they had to use a double because he no longer wanted to act,” the critic said in an interview. of cinemaAaron AJ Navarro.

“He said that the obligation of every actor was to arrive on set ready to work, with a smile on their face, but that if they paid you a million dollars the smile was much bigger,” Gil Ballesteros commented with a laugh.

One of his characters most remembered is Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972), under the directed by Francis Ford Coppolafor which he won his second Oscar, which he rejected, in protest of the mistreatment of American Indians in entertainment.

Apocalypse Now (1979), The Rookie (1990), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) and The Brave (1997) are his other films.

A tape that recently generated scandal, but at the time was not criticized to the same degree, is Last Tango in Paris (1972), directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. One of the most controversial scenes was the one in which he has sexual relations with a young woman (María Schneider), whom he spreads butter on her private parts, but without telling the woman. actress; She later revealed that she had been raped.

“The statements of Maria Schneider become a scandal that is not enough Marlon Brando as an icon, that remains untouched, it is of course not about questioning what the actress says, but it is not enough because her legend was already consolidated,” said Gil Ballesteros.

Marlon Brando he played the role next to her great actress who accompanied him, unfortunately the circumstances were not ideal, he should have taken much more care of this issue, but he was a man who lived so immersed in the method, in getting the role, getting into the role, that sometimes it was very excessive “Navarro said.


Marlon He married three women in his life: Anna Kashfi (1957 to 1959), Movita Castaneda (1960 to 1962) and Tarita Teriipia (1962 to 1972). He had more than 10 children, two of them with fatal fates.

On May 16, 1990, his eldest son, Christian, murdered his half-sister Cheyenne’s boyfriend. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, while in 1995, Cheyenne committed suicide.

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“I do believe that his personal life influenced his decline, he chooses projects that are not very good, it shows in screen“It is even a physical parody of himself,” commented Gerardo Gil Ballesteros.

Marlon Brando He weighed 117 kilos. On July 1, 2004, she died at the age of 80, due to various health problems, including pulmonary fibrosis, diabetes and heart failure.

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