Friday, 29 May 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 163: Fri Jun 12

The Misfits (Huston, 1961): BFI Southbank, 2.30pm, 6pm & 8.45pm


This is the centrepiece film of the Marilyn Monroe season and starts an extended run tonight at BFI Southbank. You can find all the details of the screenings until 25th June here.

Time Out review:
A superbly shot anti-Western, constantly dragged down by Arthur Miller's verbose, cloyingly glib script about emotional cripples searching for a meaning to life in the twilight of the American frontier, with Marilyn Monroe as the Reno divorcee who becomes a sort of earth mother/conscience to a group of ex-cowboys scratching an unhappy living around the rodeos. Lent a testamentary (almost prophetic) gloss when it proved to be the end of the line for both Clark Gable and Monroe, with Montgomery Clift - giving the best performance in the film - to follow soon after. But it really comes good only in the mustang round-up at the end, an overly symbolic but nevertheless magnificent sequence.
Tom Milne

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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