APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX
1979, American Zoetrope, 202 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Reluctant assassin Martin Sheen leads a motley crew of soldiers upriver to find unhinged and off-the-map colonel Marlon Brando in director Francis Ford Coppola's wildly surreal Vietnam epic. The film's arresting score incorporates both original music by Coppola and his father, composer Carmine Coppola, and Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung." Adapted from Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness,' and co-starring - among many others - Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper (in one of his greatest supporting performances).


LAST TANGO IN PARIS
1972, Park Circus/MGM, 136 min, France, Italy, Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci

Marlon Brando gives one of the finest performances of his career in a sensual exploration of the dark night of one man’s soul - a movie that sent shockwaves through not just the motion picture industry but society at large when it was initially released and continues to generate controversy to this day. Expatriate American Paul (Brando) tries to exorcise the demons unleashed by his wife’s suicide with the erotic assistance of young waif Jeanne (Maria Schneider). But there’s no escape and Paul’s lovemaking brings him neither the desired relief nor intimacy, something that is ruthlessly charted in director Bernardo Bertolucci’s erotic masterpiece.


REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE
1967, Warner Bros., 108 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

Director John Huston’s adaptation of Carson McCullers’ weird Southern Gothic has NATIONAL VELVET’s Elizabeth Taylor all grown up, married to Major Marlon Brando but horsing around with married neighbor Brian Keith. Repressed Brando’s hung up by manliness, particularly in the form of private Robert Forster, who likes to ride bareback on Liz’s prize stallion. Co-starring Julie Harris.


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