Saturday, November 25, 2006

A Vintage Movie about Searching


(Montgomery Clift):

"Who do you depend on?"

(Marilyn Monroe):

"Maybe all there is is the next thing... the next thing that comes around."

It's interesting to watch movies through the prism of our faith. Todd and I rented The Misfits the other night. The 1961 star-blazing movie directed by John Huston. With headliners Marilyn Monroe, Clark Cable, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and others, it's amazing the movie wasn't a critical or commercial success. Audiences found Monroe in the character of melancholy divorcee Rosalyn Taber hard to embrace. Out of her classic pin-up casting and wrapped around gritty gray cinematography, this was evidently not what movie-goers of 1960's wanted from Monroe.

The movie has found a new audience over the years, though, among viewers who've locked onto a theme of loss that courses throughout. As one reviewer said recently, it's a film about "... lost people with nothing left to lose."

Poignantly, it would be the last film for several of the leads, including Gable and Monroe. I didn't love this movie; it saddened me. But I'll remember it... for its haunting immersion into the dark well of discontent. And an achingly tender passing glance at, perhaps, the real heart of Marilyn Monroe.

He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. Matthew 10:39

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