“Les Déxaxes”, the end of a world is near

It’s Marilyn’s 28th film: she turned it into a cameo up to her ears. This is Clark Gable’s 66th film: he died twelve days after the end of filming. This is Montgomery Clift’s 14th film: he died in 1966, also a cameo. “The Misfits” is the story of a shipwreck. The image (in black and white) is magnificent, the story (wild horses captured to make food for cats) is bizarre, the direction by John Huston, masterful, and my whole thing is wobbly, long, unbalanced. A failure, certainly, but a failure that has become a cult…

“Tell Huston I’m dead. »

Besides, everything started badly: when Arthur Miller made Marilyn read the script, she found it uninteresting. Then Huston contacted Robert Mitchum. This one read “The Misfits”, understood nothing of it and gave as instructions: “Tell Huston I’m dead. » Clark Gable, approached, more malleable, accepted. Marilyn, delighted, always thought he could have been her dream father. The shooting begins on July 18, 1960, in Nevada: day after day, Marilyn is late. Under a blazing sun, the team waits, waits… Clark Gable, who feels bad, storms. He goes after Monty Clift, who has come with his lover. When he calls him a sissy, the other replies: “He who says it is. »

The atmosphere is terrible. Marilyn has glassy eyes: she takes at least 20 Nembutal pills a day and injections of Amytal, two very dangerous barbiturates. She staggers. Huston decides to send her to rehab. Filming is interrupted. The director settles his gambling debts, gets copiously drunk, participates in a camel race, reads the 800-page script for his next film, “Freud, Secret Passions”, and throws it away. Decidedly, Jean-Paul Sartre, the author of this pensum, does not know how to write for the cinema, thinks Huston. The filming of “Misfits” ends in bitterness. On January 31, 1961, the premiere took place in New York. Marilyn appears. She is the shadow of herself. It is his last film. A month later, she was interned. On August 4, 1962, she was discovered at home, dead.

Thursday, November 24 at 8:50 p.m. on TCM Cinéma. American drama by John Huston (1961). With Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift. 2:05. (Multicast and On Demand).

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