The Marlon Brando story, ‘Brando Unauthorized’, the first movie ever produced about Marlon Brando and his son Christian, was one film that was praised highly by its audience. The premiere, held at The Majestic Crest Theater on the 9th of November had standing room only, with large crowds waiting to get in the theater. Damian Chapa, the CEO of Amadeus Pictures, who had written, produced, directed and starred as Marlon Brando hailed its producers and explained the biography of the film, on its premiere night.
Shot entirely on location in Southern California, this is one film which covers many time periods of Brando’s life, one of which had shown his son living in his shadow. Both Father and son, Damian and Ricco Chapa, play an unforgettable performance throughout the story. Although there are many controversial points in the film, the facts are true and specific in their message.
Damian Chapa and son Gabriel with Pete Allman. Photo By Diana Ligon
The opening story of a painful drug scene where Christian tells stories about his Father to get drugs was exceptional in character portrayal and in the story line. Other points in the film highlighted Brando as a rebel, not just as an actor in the military scenes as well as Stella Adler scene, but as a Casanova, who throughout his entire life appeared to always be searching for love.
It is this way of living, which distracted Marlon Brando from spending quality time with his son Christian. ‘Brando Unauthorized’, with Damian Chapa, Ricco Chapa, and Presley Chapa, who played little Brando, is compelling and riveting and technically assembled well in its black and white and color format. As an independent film, it will be one that may well be remembered as a classic, about one of the greatest actors of all time.