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Making the Misfits (2002)





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In 1960, director John Huston began work on a new and ambitious project -- a drama starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Montgomery Clift, with a screenplay by noted playwright (and Monroe's husband) Arthur Miller. However, The Misfits quickly proved to be an especially troubled production -- the emotionally fragile Monroe found it difficult to work on schedule, Clift's abuse of alcohol and pills had begun to catch up with him, the aging Gable had a hard time keeping up with his taxing role, especially after he decided to do his own stunts, and Huston found it nearly impossible to manage the emotional crossfire on the set. Gable passed on several weeks after filming was completed, and Monroe and Miller's marriage collapsed not long afterward; it was to be Gable and Monroe's final film, and Clift would pass on after making only two more pictures. A team of photographers from the celebrated Magnum Agency were on hand to document the production of The Misfits, and Making The Misfits combines their images with rare behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with surviving members of the cast and crew (including Arthur Miller and Eli Wallach) to offer a telling portrait of a memorable if misbegotten motion picture.
Documentary , Television
Directed By:


Brian Dennehy
as Narrator

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A reasonably diligent telling of "The Misfits" backstory. And, at half-a-century out, this is surely the best telling we're ever going to get. Scriptwriter Arthur Miller is the primary tour-guide, although anyone and everyone else who is still around to remember anything at all also makes an appearance. "The Misfits" backstory is fascinating, but the viewer has to be patient and alert in order to pluck the best little bits of it out of this hour of talking heads. While waiting, the viewer is treated to a can-ful of visually entertaining behind-the-scenes footage and stills. Such is available due to the Magnum Photographic Cooperative, which sensed history being made in the film and so negotiated full rights to the photography of the making of the film. (Magnum's lead photographer for the project, Inge Morath, married scriptwriter Arthur Miller after he divorced Marilyn.) One would have hoped for more of the direct telling of the salient backstory facts - and less of the wistful chit-chat. Still, knowledge of "The Misfits" backstory vastly improves the viewing experience of the film itself, hence this documentary is still worthy viewing.

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