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Misfits, The

Written by Arthur Miller and directed by John Huston, this is a superbly photographed modern Western about a group of emotional cripples searching for a meaning in life in the twilight of the American dream of the frontier. Marilyn Monroe plays a Reno divorcee who becomes involved with ex-cowboys Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift.

‘The Misfits shoot was undoubtedly the most outstanding event in Magnum’s relationship with the cinema’, writes Alain Bergala in Magnum Cinema. ‘I do not think there is another film with so much photographic material of sufficient quality to be able to chronicle, week by week, the on-shoot atmosphere of a film, especially one which has gone into history as the last movie for both Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable. Watching the film today, it is clear that it captured a situation which was mirrored in real life, namely the painful marital break-up of Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, Marilyn’s existential crisis, and Montgomery Clift going off the rails. It was the end of a film era, of which Marilyn Monroe was the symbol.’

U.S.A., 1960.
125 mins.

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