Somebody (2008) It's hard to write a great book about Marlon Brando, who, four years after his death, remains the most elusive of subjects. Even Brando himself… 2008-11-04 Biography Nonfiction Knopf
Book Review

Somebody (2008)

Stefan Kanfer | Somebody by Stefan Kanfer
Somebody by Stefan Kanfer
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Nov 04, 2008; Writer: Stefan Kanfer; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: Knopf

It's hard to write a great book about Marlon Brando, who, four years after his death, remains the most elusive of subjects. Even Brando himself botched the assignment; his 1994 memoir, Songs My Mother Taught Me, is famously kooky but unreliable, written to pay the bills. Somebody is the first major bio to appear since the star died, but it shows, like other books before it, that we may never get a full handle on the legend. Both Brando's neuroses and his genius were so singular as to be almost incomprehensible, and while Stefan Kanfer concisely runs us through the actor's life, he — like most of us — can only guess at what really drove this most quixotic of superstars. For a fuller sense, seek out Lawrence Grobel's Conversations With Brando. C+

Originally posted Nov 19, 2008 Published in issue #1023 Nov 28, 2008 Order article reprints