Brando's Lost Movie

Ezra Azra

Copyright 2023 by Ezra Azra
Image by Michelle Raponi from Pixabay
Image by Michelle Raponi from Pixabay .
In the 1970s, the Students' Representative Council at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, had a policy of inviting famous Movie Stars to speak informally with students for an hour-or-so. Attendance at these engagements was free to the general public, as well.

Among the Stars who accepted the invitation were, alphabetically, not in order of dates, Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, Len Cariou, Jim Carrey, Sir Laurence Olivier, Peter Ustinov. The Council encouraged the visitors to declare if they were homosexual. Brando and Burton said they experimented, occasionally. The others declined to comment.

Curiously, there were no Actresses among the invited visitors, nor was there comment on this negligence from any professors and students, female and male. The negligence was of particular seriousness in the University's School of Dramatic Art where females were in a significant, and very loud, majority every semester. Too, although they were not yet in a majority in the Department, homosexuals, female and male, aggressively ran the Department. The founders of the School had been a female-male couple who presented themselves as a married husband-wife couple.

This story is about Marlon Brando's account of his plan for a movie he intended to make about a folk tale he was told by the people on the Pacific Island of Tahiti.

Brando owned one of the islands that were in the Tahiti groups of islands. Brando's island was Tetiaroa. The folk tale was about one of the poor fishermen founders of the Polynesian nation of Tahiti.

The fisherman and his wife were as successful as the others in their small poor Community. The ocean waters around the islands were so crowded with fish, that the fisher folk fished with nets of interlocked branches of trees. As yet, fabric had not arrived in Polynesia.

The couple of whom this story is about, were sad because they were the only couple who did not have children. After years had passed, they decided they would have to decide who of the other fisher folk would inherit their possessions after they died. The husband and wife did not inform anyone of their discussions.

The wife had a dream that she had, unknown to her husband, exchanged places with a fish in their net in order to give her husband a wife that would be able to have his babies. Her dream gladdened her, but she refrained from telling it to her husband because she thought, like every other dream she ever had, it was, most probably, merely a fruitless dream, generated from her desperate wishes and hopes.

Sometime soon after her dream, when they pulled in their fishing net in the ocean waters, they found a newborn baby girl among the fishes. The child was expertly wrapped in clothing that floated as a basket. They took the baby into their home. They told everybody. Everybody was in awe of the baby whom everybody regarded as a miracle gift. Part of the miracle was that the baby's clothing was the first fabric in Polynesia.

The wife told her husband of her dream. She said she believed the baby was given to them for him to have a second wife who would, eventually, have children with him. He said he would agree to that if the others in the Community approved.

A meeting of all adults in the Community was called. At that meeting, the wife recounted her dream, and her interpretation of it. Her interpretation was unanimously approved.

Folk lore has it that the baby grew up without an interest in fishing. Instead, it was she who introduced fruit and vegetable farming in all of Polynesia.

Surprisingly and inexplicably, the folk tale ends with the fisherman and his two women companions disappearing into the island mountains. After an annual ritual celebrated by the whole Community in the mountains, the three did not return. Their leaving the Community seemed to have been planned inasmuch as there was no trace of their home in the village after they had disappeared.

Equally mysterious, was that there had not been babies in the family.

Marlon Brando promised the Students at the University of Windsor, that he would cast his movie, partly, from among them.
He invited the Council to send up to five students to vacation on his island of Tetiaroa. He would match all the expenses the Council incurred.

Brando suggested the visiting students be inspired by Polynesian Culture to come up with creative explanations of 'gaps' in the folk tale: Where did the baby girl come from, originally? What would be her appropriate adult visual ethnicity? Does Polynesia's contact with Europe begin during the time of this folk tale?

The next year after Brando's visit a group of students spent a few weeks in Tahiti as Brando's guests. The group was not sponsored by the Student Council, but by a cinema theatre on University West Avenue in the City of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The Students' campus newspaper, The Lance, carried some of the students' creative suggestions. I remember the one by the student, Vera Lazovic. My memory might not be fully accurate.

"Long, long ago when there were no humans on Earth, a space ship had engine trouble. Its two pilots, humanoid artificial intelligences, landed the ship on Tahiti as a mountain next the mountain of Orohena. They began a search for the rare ore metal that was needed for their repairs.

They also began experimenting on some of the animal species around in order to engineer slave workers to help. In time, they evolved one species of animal into their look-alikes. They sent this species to all parts of the Earth to search for their needed rare ore metal.

All the while, they transmitted signals into outer space, attempting to make contact with others of their kind for help.

Eventually, contact was made. One of their kind was sent as a baby. It was sent as a baby because the intelligences far out deep in our galaxy discovered that in order for the rare ore metal to be found, an intelligence had to evolve from an elementary beginning on Earth in order to assimilate Earth-generated elements into maturity. This was a gamble, but desperately resorted to since after thousands and thousands of years of searching, not even a trace of the required ore metal had been found anywhere on Earth.

The gamble was won in that by the time the baby grew into human adulthood and married the fisherman, it had acquired the ability to convert any Earth ore metal into the required one. The fisherman married his second wife at a celebration attended by the whole Community. Sometime after that, the three humanoid artificial intelligences went to Mount Orohena, completed the repairs, and left Earth."

By this Lazovic version of all three being artificial intelligence humanoids, it is not a mystery that the husband did not have children by his second wife.

There has been no word about what came of Brando's intention to make a movie about the Tahiti folk tale. 

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