An under sung gem from director John Huston and the pen of Arthur Miller that serves as a swansong for stars Gable and Monroe (perhaps never better here). Dialogue is aces throughout in an elegy for a vanishing world and the battered lonely souls who live within. Great supporting turns by Wallach, Clift and Thelma Ritter guided by a pro through a troubled production. Monroe and Clift's scene in the alley..magic.
Aunque a la mitad tiene algunos arranques melodramáticos, ver a tres leyendas del cine juntas en pantalla (Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe y Montgomery Clift), interpretando a tres almas perdidas, tratando de encontrarse a sí mismos en un paraje desértico, es invaluable. John Huston consiguió una de las más memorables secuencias del cine en la cacería de caballos mustang.
I watched this film recently at a vintage screening and I can't get it out of my mind.Theres something haunting about it ,beyond the fact that Monroe,Gable and Clift were all dead,with-in a few years of its release.All three characters and Wallachs Guido,are the real misfits of this story.Like the horses,their best years are behind them and only the knackers yard lies ahead.The ending offers hope,but theres no hope!
Wintry despite the heat of its setting, the leaden symbolism of its ending summing up this disappointingly dull, clunky and wordy film. The doomed pair of Clift and Monroe are compelling; if anything, the film's food for thought lies in the fact that Monroe was unable to outlive the naivety of her persona, and the film's real tragedy lies in emphasising the fact she would never have the chance to.
I went looking for a Marilyn Monroe film, and discovered this surprisingly intelligent critique of the American Dream. A group of not-so-bright, not-so-likeable folks play out the emptiness of their lives. Some overwrought script writing, but otherwise a rather striking film.
Immortale pellicola di Houston,che con una storia banalissima ed una regia attenta e capillare riesce a far rendere al meglio un cast stellare.I siparietti tra Marylin e Clark fanno sognare e l'ambientazione "selvaggia" contribuisce a creare quell'alone e quella nostalgia da "epoca classica". Un cinema che non c'è e non ci sarà più. Intramontabile.4*
In a way truer than almost anything else, in motion pictures there are ghosts. A legendary picture of the dead, moving and breathing, that stands consistent with the human qualities of its time and the few that have remained intact; as with all cinema of its kind, it's an experience of the greatest spiritual quality-- a distant vision glowing from the muddy keep of time lost, sublime, terrifying and haunting.