This book tells the story in pictures and words of the making of the legendary film The Misfits (1961), directed by John Huston and starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift. The film concerns an ex-stripper and recent divorcee, Roslyn Taber (Monroe) in Reno, Nevada, who falls in love with an aging cowboy, Gay Langland (Gable). Langland, a rugged individualist, teams up with a worn-out rodeo rider Perce Howland (Clift) to round up a herd of wild 'misfit' horses. The Misfits was made in notoriously difficult circumstances. Marilyn Monroe was suffering a mental breakdown and was drifting apart from her husband, the playwright Arthur Miller (who had written the film to help her realize her ambition to be a 'serious' actress); Clark Gable was seriously ill; Montgomery Clift was heavily dependent on drink and drugs. Shooting conditions in the Nevada desert were atrocious. Remarkably, however, the result was elegiac, moving film that became a fitting swansong for Gable and Monroe (neither made another film: he died a few days after shooting was completed; she overdosed a year later). As part of the promotional strategy for the film, the Magnum photographic agency was given the exclusive right to take photographs during the shooting. Nine of its most famous photographers (Eve Arnold, Cornell Capa, Bruce Davidson, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Erich Hartmann, Inge Morath, Dennis Stock and Ernest Haas) covered the production, both on and off the set. Their pictures are both a fascinating documentary of the making of a film and an intimate portrait of three of the most famous film stars of all time. 200 of these pictures are reproduced in The Misfits in rich duotone, including both those images that have become iconic such as Eve Arnold's luminescently beautiful studies of Marilyn Monroe in the desert and those that are rarely seen. The photographs are accompanied by a 8,000-word essay by the director of the Cinémathèque Française, Serge Toubiana, in which he recounts the tragic and triumphant story of the film.
This soft cover book measures 9 4/5 inches by 7 1/5 inches. Published March 30, 2011.
Phaidon’s empire of world-renowned books on food, architecture, fashion, design and travel complement the publisher’s beginnings. Named after Socrates’s pupil Phaedo, who was known for his discourses on immortality, this London-based publishing house got its start in 1923 as a producer of high quality, reasonably priced literature, philosophy, and history books. In 1936 it added art to its repertoire, publishing some of the first monographs of Van Gogh and Botticelli. All volumes pair erudite text with breathtaking photography; a perennial favorite is Phaidon’s stunning, large-scale Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture.