Making the Misfits (2002)
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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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