Whether it is mere happenstance or genuine conceptual coup: THE MISFITS is almost earnestly about misfits and is certainly populated by three big-personality movie stars of a highly dysfunctional nature (w/ poor Eli Wallach). Watching the movie will always be informed by the clusterfuck that was its production. This is approximately the point at which Huston had mastered his very individual stylized naturalism.
Such a heated yet warming story. It stood out to me, and I may be reading too much into it as I don't know if it was true for the rest of the cast, that the script included very specific personal aspects (e.g., her upbringing, relationship with her mother, her insecurities) that truly felt like attacks on Marilyn. You can really sense the tension in this movie, on different levels.
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.