THE MISFITS (1961)
Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:30 PM (PST)
Los Angeles, CA
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Melnitz Movies Presents:
--starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift--
Directed by John Huston
Written by Arthur Miller
Runtime: 124 minutes, Year: 1961
Presentation format: 35mm
About the film:
The Misfits (1961) is a poignant drama about the death of the old West, from director John Huston and screenwriter Arthur Miller (who was briefly married to star Marilyn Monroe from 1956-1960, wrote the film for her, and experienced a disintegrating marriage during the film's production). It is best known for being the final, haunting, fully-completed film for two major screen legends: 59 year old Clark Gable (once "The King of Hollywood") and 35 year old Marilyn Monroe.
In the desert country of Nevada, divorce is easy and cowboys are plentiful. Members of the latter category, Gay Langland (Clark Gable) and Guido (Eli Wallach) spend their time between jobs. When there's time they round up horses or bet on the rodeo, wishing that they were up and coming stars, like Perce Howland (Montgomery Clift). Elsewhere in the city Roslyn Taber (Marilyn Monroe) tries to memorise her lines, which she'll say to the judge. Coached by her landlady Isabelle Steers (Thelma Ritter), who's witnessed this story a thousand times, Roslyn only wants to escape her foolish marriage. Having felt alone even while they were together, all she wants is some true solitude. However, when coincidence collides these walking wounded, the mistaken belief that they can understand one another keeps them near.
-Damien Cannon, Movie Review UK
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