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The Miami Film Society is pleased to welcome Janet Vargas, who was awarded a Connoisseur membership when she was selected as the winner of THE GENIUS OF MARLON BRANDO contest.

In honor of the special screening and subsequent release of the documentary Listen to Me Marlon, the Miami International Film Festival held a contest asking people to tell us what Marlon Brando’s most impactful scene from his illustrious five-decades long career had been for them.

Janet’s winning answer beautifully described the final scene in Don Juan DeMarco, where Brando’s character dances with Faye Dunaway:

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“Although the entirety of Don Juan DeMarco (starring Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando) has a spell-binding effect every time I’ve seen it, the fanciful ending in which Marlon’s character, Dr. Mickler, dances with his wife (Faye Dunaway) on the beach, has had the biggest impact on me, as it really epitomizes the intangible notion of love. Love, as eloquently expressed by Johnny Depp’s fanciful character, is “what is sacred, what one’s spirit is made of, what is worth living for, and what is worth dying for.” This final scene, in which Dr. Mickler releases Johnny Depp’s disillusioned character to fulfill the ending of his love story (and pretty much ending his professional career) and dances carelessly with his wife, really demonstrates his transformation throughout the film and how he himself has rediscovered what it means to love and be in love. He becomes infected by the “incurable disease”, and this ending shows that despite how well aware we are of how ludicrous romance and love can be, we desire it and allow ourselves, against our better judgment, to succumb and be encompassed by it.”

Listen to Me Marlon opens at MDC’s Tower Theater on August 28th.