I truly believe that The Misfits is one of the most important and special American films ever made. It mines deep into the human soul and represents a truly larger than life film, which ultimately feels like a very personal one. The Misfits exposes a raw nerve for the men in this film and as a result elicits the same from it’s audience. In the final roles of Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, before they died, they left us with a most revealing portrait of them selves. This is also a very important film for Montgomery Clift – Clift would leave an indelible mark on the art of acting, influencing a new generation of more real, vulnerable, tougher actors such as Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen and James Dean.
John Huston, by this time, had certainly come a long way too since he directed his first major film, ‘The Maltese Falcon’. The richness and depth of The Misfits has as much complexity to it as the works of Eugene O’Neil or Anton Checkhov. Obviously so, as it’s born from the stage play written by the great Arthur Miller (The Crucible, Death of a Salesman), Miller himself, who was married to Marilyn Monroe, penned the screenplay which goes deeply into a story of three outsiders who essentially offer their souls to one woman, in the name of—-the name of what—-Ego? Possession? Love?—-they’re really not sure, they just want her, everyone does.