Friday, July 23, 2010

John Huston - The Misfits (1961)

synopsis - AMG:
The final film of stars Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe is an elegy for the death of the Old West from writer Arthur Miller and director John Huston. Gable stars as Gay Langland, an aging hand traveling the byways and working at rodeos with his two comrades, Guido (Eli Wallach) and young Perce Howland (Montgomery Clift). The three men come up with a plan to corral some misfit mustangs and sell them for dog food, but Gay's new girlfriend Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe), a high-minded ex-stripper who has just divorced her husband Ray (Kevin McCarthy) in Reno, is appalled by the plan. Although both Guido and Perce are also in love with Roslyn, she stands by Gay, sure that in the end he will do the right thing, even as he and his pals begin their planned roundup. -- Karl Williams

review - AMG:
Seldom, if ever, has a movie been in as much synchronicity with the lives of its stars as The Misfits. In fact, director John Huston's gift for casting took a spooky turn in this case. The film, ostensibly about disappearing independence, has mortality seeping from its every pore. It's a haunting and ghostly film about the end of an era that turned out to be the end of an era itself. Most famously, The Misfits was the last movie that two of the biggest screen legends, Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, would complete. By the early 60s, Monroe was going in and out of hospitals trying to deal with her drug problem and her overwhelming depression. She died of a drug overdose a year and a half after the movie was completed. Gable, reportedly bored with waiting for Monroe on the set, refused to have a stuntman do his stunts (at the age of 59!) and died less than a week after the end of filming for The Misfits. The final tragic story is the one of Montgomery Clift. One of the most supremely talented actors of his generation (in the same style but better than James Dean), Clift goes largely underappreciated today. His withered and languorous performance in The Misfits must have struck very close to home. It's a movie filled with loss, too much of it from outside the film itself. -- Brendon Hanley
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