Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Misfits (1961)

Notes: 7/3/11
Opening credits. Puzzle pieces not fitting.
Marilyn. Oh, Marilyn. Such a huge presence.
Clark Gable is a masculine hero.
Screenplay is full of good bits. Lots of thoughtful dialogue.
Montgomery Clift!! Rugged and handsome.
Exciting lasso scene. Murder of the horses.
Quiet performances. Nothing flashy or over the top.  
Poignant final scene. Stars will take us right home.

Review: B
A divorcee (Marilyn Monroe) and an ex-cowboy (Clark Gable), both struggling with the unfairness of life, meet in Reno and find comfort in each other's company. Together they are joined by a rodeo rider (Montgomery Clift) who has inner conflicts of his own. Gable, Monroe, and Clift each deliver strong, complicated performances that carry the film through some unfocused bits of an otherwise thoughtful and pointed screenplay by Arthur Miller. John Huston directs Gable and Monroe in what became the final film for each legendary actor. Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter lend expert support and comic relief to this somber and delicate film, helped quite well by the great score by Alex North. Notable for the impeccable talent involved, but lacks a stronger level of emotional impact.

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