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Misfits [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français) [Import]

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It was the last roundup for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, who gave their final performances in this melancholy modern Western. Arthur Miller wrote the script (some say overwrote) as a contemplation of his then-wife, Monroe, and set the piece in the half-world of Reno, Nevada. The dangers of this kind of meta-fictional approach are not entirely avoided, but the clean, clear-eyed direction of John Huston keeps the film grounded. And then there are the people: Gable a warrior past his time, Monroe overwhelmed by the world and its attentions, Montgomery Clift visibly broken in pieces, Eli Wallach a postwar neurotic. If the encroaching mortality of Gable, Monroe, and Clift weren't enough, the stark photography and Alex North's score confirm this as a film about loss. It may have its problems, but seen at a distance of many years, The Misfits scatters its tender mercies with an aching beauty. --Robert Horton

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lesson In Film Aug. 1 2003
This once nearly forgotten movie, the last film of Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe is now coming forward in the lexicon of film history as an underrated gem. Universally misunderstood for the most part at the time it came out it is clear now that this film was at least five of six years ahead of it's time. It fits in more comfortably with films of the late 60's and early 70's.
The screenplay by Miller is one of his most striking works. A story of a group of people lost in the wide expanse of the West in search of the discarded souls of their misspent lives. The film's beautiful cinematography by Russell Metty stands out as superb artistry at the demise of the black and white era. It shimmers with the silver of the deep expanse of the desert and the flat grays and blacks of the distant mountains upon which the last act of the story plays. The music by Alex North is among his best work and gives a savage punch to the aerial scenes and the round up at the end of the wild mustangs.
Montgomery Clift, by now sliding into the last years of his life is touching in his performance of Perce. His broken cowboy with the broken heart is almost painful to watch. His phone call home to his mother is among some of his best work. Eli Wallach gives a strong deeply moving portrait of Guido who has lost his wife, his way, and his humanity. He shines in his scene with Monroe where he asks her to save him. When she can't to at least say "Hello Guido".
Thelma Ritter is, well, Thelma Ritter in yet another of her excellent character roles. Ritter is the master of the one line wisecrack but here as Isobel she laces the cracks with an underlying sadness and vulnerability.
As Gay Langland, Clark Gable gives what I consider to be the best performance of his career.
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In this 1961 film Marilyn Monroe is cast a recent divorcee in Reno who has just shed her husband. She meets up with Clark Gable, an aging cowboy, as well as Montgomery Cliff, who makes his living working in rodeos. Then there is Eli Wallach, a former WW2 pilot who has lost his dreams. And Thelma Ritter, an older woman who befriends Monroe. In one way or another, they're all misfits.
Gable and Monroe start a romance and move to a desert house abandoned by Wallach. There's a lot of drinking and introspection. Present throughout is the cruel reality of what the modern world has become. For example, Wallach, the pilot, shoots bald eagles for the farmers, the bucking broncos in the rodeo have irritants placed under their saddles to make them lively, and mustang horses are rounded up to use for dog food.
Filmed in black and white, there's an underlying feeling of sadness. And even the rather happy ending doesn't help that. It's a good screenplay although it was rather slow at times. But Miller sure knows how to get to the hearts and souls of his characters. I was impressed with the performances of Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter who were not cast in starring roles. And Montgomery Cliff is a fine actor and is outstanding. As for Gable and Monroe - well, I don't know. Gable has a few good scenes but mostly he doesn't seem real. And Monroe just can't act. She's all right when she's cast as a dumb blonde, but this was a serious role. Her performance here was wooden and amateurish.
I wish there had been some special features on the DVD, but there was nothing more than the original trailer. The film held my interest though, and is worth seeing just because of its history. It's the last film that Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable appeared in before their deaths.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twilight Of The Gods. June 21 2002
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It's almost impossible to review this as just a movie, as it is, to movie buffs at least, such a curio piece. As everyone knows, the screenplay, written by Arthur Miller, started out as a tribute to his wife, Marilyn Monroe, but proved to be the death knell for their marriage. Though this looks like a "Western", it is far from it. It is an almost obscene look into the coming together of a group of lost souls who have nothing left to lose. This John Houston film was famously fraught with problems, many related to M.M.'s real life breakdown, and went over budget, and became, at that time, the most expensive black & white film to date, a dubious distinction. That Miller based "Roslyn" on Marilyn is now well known, a portrait at once flattering and brutally honest. If there's any doubt that Roslyn is M.M., watch for the scene when Marilyn opens a locker , in she & Clarks little "love cottage", there are well known glamour pin-ups of the real life Marilyn hung inside, which "Roslyn" refers to as "just some old pictures of me." Also the scene of M.M. & Gable, as they awaken one morning, and she is seen nude from the back, is one Marilyn fought for, wanting her breast, which was visible in the rushes, kept in the final film. This was unheard of at that time, and was cut out of the final print. At the time, M.M. commented: "I love to do things the censors won't pass, after all, what are we here for, just to stand around and let it pass us by?... Gradually, they'll let down the censorship, sadly, probably not in my lifetime ", a prophetic comment from a woman who was ahead of her time. Though she drove John Houston to distraction during the filming, he years later commented: "Marilyn was as fine an actress as any I ever worked with... Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars THE MISFITS
There has been a hullaballoo about this movie for decades. It was one of Marilyn Monroe's movies that I had never seen. Read more
Published 5 months ago by R. W. SIMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn's best role
Also the last appearance of Clark Gable and one of the last of Monty Clift. One of my ten best film of alkl time.
Published 13 months ago by Roland Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars "Beats wages, don't it?"
As the story opens, Roslyn (Marilyn Monroe) has just arrived in Reno to get a quickie divorce. She meets Guido (Eli Wallach), a sensitive mechanic and his pal Gay (Clark Gable), an... Read more
Published on Oct. 6 2008 by Kona
5.0 out of 5 stars Monroe at her best
In "The Misfits," Arthur Miller creates an atmosphere which seeps directly into the viewer's bones... Read more
Published on July 7 2004 by Kim Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn's most seemingly realistic role
This movie seems to have followed her temporary relationships, but most haunting to me was the scene where Clark Gable says "Wer'e going home now" and they drive into the night as... Read more
Published on June 16 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars WHAT????????
iT's truly sad that Marilyn left us with a movie she wasn't particularly proud of and hated making... Read more
Published on June 10 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Gable and Monroe's last film
Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Cliff, John Huston, and Arthur Miller. This should have been one of the best films ever made. Read more
Published on March 16 2004 by adead_poet@hotmail.com
5.0 out of 5 stars JUDY GARLAND HATED IT
... she felt that Miller exposed his wife unmercifully... I can hardly disagree with her. After reading numerous biogrophies about Marilyn; she really seems 2 be playing a... Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2003 by Henning Sebastian Jahre
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad note to go out on
Oh, how I wanted to love this movie. It was the last movie for both Gable and Monroe, it was set in the beautiful southwest (Reno to be exact), and it was to be a movie about... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003 by Yarby
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic work
If you appreciate the old hollywood style of telling a story, this movie is worth watching. It examines the relationship and mores of the time through an observor's view. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2003
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