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Making the Misfits [DVD] [2002] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00006LPEA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,566 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PJ ASHWELL on 5 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
This documentary takes us behind the scenes of Arthur Miller's "The Misfits". There is a wealth of footage shown here shot whilst the film was in production. It is a delight if you consider the film was made over 40 years ago. Here you will discover why Clark Gable initially rejected the role of Gay Langland,the goodwill initially experienced at the beginning of the shoot gradually leading to tension arising from relationships on set, and how Miller's original screenplay, intended as a gift to his wife, ended in a broken marriage. With insightful interviews from Writer, Cast and Crew alike, "The Making of The Misfits" is a suitable companion to an intriguing film.
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Amazon.com: 8 reviews
26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Superlative Documentary On A Legendary Film 25 Jun 2004
By Michael C. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The opening shot of "Making The Misfits" is charged with evocative nostalgia for a lost era in film history and stars of legendary status that haunt our collective memory. It's a simple yet telling shot of a nearly empty drive-in theater just after sunset. On it's battered shabby screen "The Misfits" is running.
The making of John Huston's misunderstood classic is presented here with artistry and integrity. It weaves present day interviews with surviving cast, crew, and photographers with shots from the film. Some of the interviews were filmed on the old set locations or in areas very near them. Through these interviews, film clips, and the wonderful photographs of such Magnum artists as Eve Arnold the story of one of the most unusual "Hollywood" film productions unfolds. For film buffs and fans of any of the principal players this is pure gold.
"Making The Misfits" is one of the best documentaries on Hollywood and how films get made. It was wonderful to see Arthur Miller being so open and candid about a painful part of his life. He is the heart and soul of this film and fills the frame with dignity and humor. Eli Wallach is charming as he spins his memories of those days in the desert with Marilyn, Gable and Monty.
This end result of seeing this documentary is that it makes the viewer want to revisit "The Misfits" and view it with a fresh prospective.
(For my review on "The Misfits" entitled 'A Lesson In Film' click on MGMboy more about me)
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Making "The Misfits" DVD review 2 Nov 2009
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Making The Misfits is an insightful look at the ups and downs that the actors and film crew went through while making this much-anticipated movie that just didn't make it as a big screen event. On paper, it had everything to make it shine bright--huge stars like Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Cliff and a young Eli Wallach. Arthur Miller had molded the script for his then-wife Marilyn and with John Huston on board as director everything seemed rosy at first. Unfortunately, we learn that there was anything but roses on the set and there was considerable heartache in the personal lives of the people working on the movie.

I don't want to give away too much, but as we know Marilyn Monroe was not feeling her best at that time and her usual tardiness resulted in hours of delays and quick scrambles to determine which scenes would be shot that day or postponed for another day. It seemed as if everything that could go wrong did go wrong: even though they were out in the countryside of Nevada, planes would fly overhead making it impossible to film the actors. Eli Wallach was initially somewhat intimidated by the notion of working with the very iconic Clark Gable; and Gable wasn't too enamored of Marilyn's habitual lateness and other personality traits. In addition, Marilyn's marriage to Arthur Miller was going downhill quite noticeably during the production of the picture.

There's a good deal more of archival footage and we get relatively recent interviews with people who were young at the time and remember the making of this film. Perhaps some of the best interview footage comes from Arthur Miller and Eli Wallach themselves; they were both still living at the time this was made (Miller has since passed away) and they both tell fascinating stories about the production of The Misfits.

I recommend this film for film buffs; and of course any fan of the principal actors in this movie will want to have this, too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Mixed messages 25 Jun 2012
By Eric V. Fry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The documentary is worth seeing, but I was nonplussed by the dismissive comments by the crew members who were interviewed.

Listening to them, you'd have no idea that all the actors did a great job, the movie had both good and bad reviews, it made its costs back, and it's widely considered a minor classic today.

In general, the documentary doesn't provide enough context for the discussions of Monroe, although I can well imagine that she strained everyone's patience.

During the filming, Monroe was suffering from exhaustion, endometriosis, colitis and gallstones, apart from emotional issues related to rejection by Yves Montand and the failure of her marriage to Arthur Miller.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Marilyn was bi-polar, be kind to her 5 Dec 2012
By CCKate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In the movie " The last days of Marilyn Monroe", her psychiatrist, at the time, says Marilyn was definitely manic-depressive, now called bi-polar. I had never heard that before, and it makes alot of sense to me now when I read about her life. I adore and respect Marilyn Monroe, always have, always will, and her amazing screen presence, her great acting ability (it takes a great actress to play comedy successfully, just look at her in the hollywood script writers "dumb blonde" roles they continued to cast her in and that the studios required her, based on her contract, to star in. I have done some acting in my time, and I can say comedy is hard. Your timing must be impeccable to bring it off as "real".

She was magical on screen, and let's consider where she was born, left at an orphanage when her mother couldn't care for her (she was most likely bi-polar also)Sexually abused by who knows how many men, in what was supposed to be a "safe" environment for her, ie, foster families. She's still reasonably young too when this occurs. She tries to find a way out and marries the first boy who pays attention to her and seems to have a "heart". I don't blame her at all for finding a quick way to escape these horrific environments.

Then, she tries desperately to find love, in the only way women who have been sexually abused, and are beautiful, might know how, through their physicality and attractiveness. Then, she finds her way to modeling, where women find attention once again, through physicality. By this time, her value as a person comes to her ONLY through her body and her "aura" of sensuality, seen in print, magazines, and of course, the famous "calendar" that brought her fame, of a sort.

Where would she learn self-love? Who would have taught her? Noone as it turned out.

She never gave up on herself and her dreams. I applaud you Marilyn. She wasn't happy to just be a "model", although to many, that would have been enough. She wanted more from her life, she wanted love and a family, which she tried desperately to find. I relate alot to her life more than I can say in this review. She had endometriosis as it turns out, which makes it difficult to conceive.

She went on to study at one of the best acting studios in the world, not allowing Hollywood to pigeon=hole her as just a "comedian" on screen, of which she was amazingly successful. She wanted to be a serious actress. She got a chance in a few films, Niagara, and Don't Bother to knock. She shows her versatility, vulnerability and her screen presence that no other actress could compare with then or now. She had the ability to reach out beyond the screen and touch our hearts and soul. To make us care about her and her character.

She started her own production company to take more control of her career, and try to show the studio "system" (the boys-club of men in control in that era) she had ideas, and opinions about who and what value she brought to the "table". She was the highest bankable star of her day, like Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, and others are today.

Only those who have been sexually abused at a young age can relate to who and how she lived, and quite frankly, who should really judge anyone about anything anyway. That's for God to do. I love your spirit and heart Marilyn, and I hope what you are learning on the other side helps you to come back perhaps, if you need too to learn more lessons, and have a much more joyful life. Bless you for what you brought to our planet at a time when women were afraid of their sexuality and had alot of fear around being their "true" selves.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Yester Year 8 Jun 2007
By J. Tabor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Apparently made for television, it presents remaining POVs from this involuted crew, and raises more questions than it answers. Presentation and photography are good to excellent. Personal myths are interesting.

Definitely worth having if you are seriously interested in this "Nodal" film known as "The Misfits" I decided that I have to read the book. Much appreciated.
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