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Conversations With Brando Paperback – January 1, 1993

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Grobel met with the extremely private Brando in 1978. A portion of those sessions initially appeared in Playboy but are reprinted here in full. This also contains a new foreword, which rounds off Brando's story, plus an updated list of his films.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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He only wants to talk about the fucking INDIANS? Did you say to him that while he may not be an expert in history, he is one in ACTING? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1562829211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1562829216
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,732,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The interview that this book is based on was conducted before Brando filmed "Superman" but I can't imagine that Brando has changed much since. Grobel shows his skills as an interviewer by originally agreeing to only talk about the Native American cause with Brando but eventually teasing out anecdotes about acting, sex, stalkers, Brando's upbringing and much more. Grobel does not try to outsmart Brando, even while he is trying to sneak in forbidden acting/movie questions. He faces his subject head-on and when Brando chooses to speak about his hated profession, he is extremely entertaining. He shows Brando as a very complicated man who is hard to dislike - even if you don't agree with his politics, you come away from the book thinking that Brando is a charming, intelligent, thoughtful and super-talented individual who deserves all the praise for his acting skills. This interview could be considered his greatest performance - it comes from the same honesty that he invested his early screen and stage characters with.
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I could not put the book, "Conversations With Brando," down once I began reading it. As a Marlon Brando devotee, I was so very pleased to open the book and find that the largest part of the book is composed of Marlon Brando's own words. I could have listened to this man talk all day long, every day of every week. And, in this book, he is at his incredible best -interesting, intelligent, witty, sensitive, idealistic, real, wise, inspirational, poignant, reflective, philosophical, poetic; humanitarian. I love his eccentric ways and I respect his principles of character - standing up for the causes of the voiceless in the world. I appreciate that he bowed to no one when the convictions of his heart and his conscience were at stake.

Most of all, when Marlon's children were in trouble, he made the kinds of sacrifices and suffered in ways that only a father whose children are his whole heart would have done.

What a beautiful man Marlon was and what an exemplary, praiseworthy piece of work Lawrence Grobel has done with "Conversations With Brando."
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What a disapointment this book was! There's nothing at all about Brando, the person. He was such a genius actor who wasn't enough aware of his profound gift to appreciate it so he disregarded it. All he wrote about is his opinions on world issues to prove that he was such an intellect. The only subject that he was sure of was the situation with the American Indians.
His pomposity and disdain completely turned me off. I am still in awe of his acting but would have no desire to meet him personally if he were still alive.
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The idea of a Brando interview was intriguing to me because I don't think he gave many interviews. He was a very thoughtful man but obsessive about Native Americans and his island paradise. It seemed he had little to say about any other subject.
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This expanded on the PLAYBOY interview it's adapted from. Brando is a good storyteller, and tells some good stories in here. Grobel does preface the interview with phone call transcripts of him talking to Brando, and his secretary. And I know someone close to Brando, and some in the Brando camp felt some annoyance that Grobel taped the phone conversations without saying they were being taped. A bit presumptuous. But an interesting interview nonetheless.
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I've not been a Brando fan, nor seen more than one or two of his films. Nevertheless, this interview held my interest from start to finish. I was amazed to discover how thoughtful and well informed Brando was, and can only congratulate Mr. Grobel on his artfulness in drawing Brando down conversational paths previously declared off limits. Highly recommended.
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As I search for free books for my fire, this one caught my eye. I remember the interest as a teenager when published in Playboy. I read it over the course of 24 hours. Like most I'd enjoyed The Godfather & Mutiny on the Bounty. He's a thoughtful man. There is also a postscript dealing with the murder his son committed. Read it!
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