Great Performances: Season 31, Episode 2

Making 'The Misfits' (2 Oct. 2002)

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A behind the scenes and in-depth look at the making of John Huston's the Misfits


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Herself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Frank E. Taylor ...
Himself - Producer (archive footage) (as Frank Taylor)
Nan Taylor Abell ...
Michael Taylor ...
Curtice Taylor ...
Eugene Taylor ...
Himself - Nevada resident
Himself - Director (archive footage)
Elliott Erwitt ...
Himself - Photographer
Lee Jones Schoenburg ...
Herself - Magnum Special Projects
Inge Morath ...
Herself - Photographer


This documentary for the PBS series "Great Performances" chronicles the chaos in making of what its producer, Frank Taylor, dubbed "the ultimate motion picture," The Misfits. Features photographs from the Magnum Agency, which was given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the filming. Written by Lisa Davis

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Making a movie; told by people who were there, including Arthur Miller, Eli Wallach...

In "Great Performances" 'Making the Misfits (2002) we get to look behind the scenes of this great John Huston movie from 1961.The movie is an underrated gem that stars Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe in their last film.This documentary shows all the trouble they had on the set.Writer Arthur Miller and Monroe were heading towards their divorce, and Miller wrote the film for his wife.It's quite amazing to listen to Miller (1915-2005) sharing his memories.You also get to hear Eli Wallach, who acted in the movie.Today this terrific actor turns 95 years.And he still isn't showing any signs of slowing down.Kevin McCarthy, who we sadly lost at 96 on September, shares his memories.Brian Dennehy is the narrator.There is also some great photography of Marilyn by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt.Both the movie and this documentary is worth seeing.

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