Misfits Country

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In the summer of 1960 a legendary director took a cast of movie icons into the Nevada desert to make a movie from a screenplay by a famed playwright. The Misfits was one of the most anticipated films of the 20th century, but difficult shooting locations, an unstable leading lady, an aging leading man, a crumbling marriage, and an undisciplined director all conspired to make behind-the-scene events as dramatic as the movie itself.

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Overview

In the summer of 1960 a legendary director took a cast of movie icons into the Nevada desert to make a movie from a screenplay by a famed playwright. The Misfits was one of the most anticipated films of the 20th century, but difficult shooting locations, an unstable leading lady, an aging leading man, a crumbling marriage, and an undisciplined director all conspired to make behind-the-scene events as dramatic as the movie itself.

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Arthur Knight is one of our greatest storytellers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780974530918
  • Publisher: Tres Picos Press
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Winfield Knight, of Yerington, NV has written film criticism for numerous newspapers and magazines for the past 15 years, and he is the author of the novel BLUE SKIES FALLING. He resides in Reno, NV.
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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    Despicable, Disgusting, & Degenerate...

    Within the shroud of "it's a work of fiction", the author delivers a book that doesn't even have the guts to call itself pornography. His hatred and disrespect for women oozes, like venom, from between nearly every line. The "Marilyn" character is the most obvious example, but the other characters fare little better. This is a cheap and sleazy attempt at explolitation, by using famous personalities as protagonists. It should NOT be read by children, as the sexual situations are both graphic and frequent. After I finished this (and the ONLY reason I finished it was to write this review), I threw it in the trash and went to thoroughly wash my hands. Stay away from this book -- the title of this review says it all...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    Harry Burrus, author, playwright, poet, filmmaker

    In his novel ¿Misfits Country,¿ Arthur Knight imaginatively creates a movie within a movie, using the actors of the 47-year-old film The Misfits as characters in his new movie about their dysfunctional relationships as they are concurrently creating The Misfits. Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Arthur Miller, and John Huston star in Knight¿s movie which has an atmosphere and residue of a bygone era, most of their best work (Some Like It Hot, From Here to Eternity, Gone With the Wind, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Death of a Salesman) being done well before The Misfits. Knight creates an intimate, documentary-style piece, employing cinematic writing that immerses the reader in the day-to-day saga of the fictionalized lives of Marilyn, Monty, Clark, John, and Arthur. At times, he uses a close-up, allowing the reader entree into the intimate details of the characters¿ personal challenges. We feel their angst we¿re told their self-doubts we taste the martinis, whiskey, and champagne they drink we smell Huston¿s nearly constant cigar and feel overwhelmed by the fumes of so many cigarettes smoked by Monty, Arthur, and Clark. We pity the pain, suffering, and frustration of Marilyn and Monty as they attempt to confront their ever-present demons. We sense Arthur¿s awkwardness, his inability to fit in with the others. Clark, much older than his 59 years and in bad health, knows who he is and recognizes he doesn¿t have a lot of time left he looks forward to the birth of his son. John has a picture to complete he¿ll get paid and he can pay his gambling debts after this film, he¿ll move on to the next one. Knight racks focus and we tunnel to the arid Nevada landscape, an integral character in his story. The unwavering, searing, bright sun forces us to squint. The roasting heat across the salt flats keeps us wiping our faces and necks in an unsuccessful effort to remove constant perspiration. At other times, Knight utilizes flashbacks for insight into present behavior. He¿ll then flash forward, showing the characters pondering their future, wondering where they will be in five or ten years, especially poignant because we know several of them will be dead. Arthur Knight¿s ¿Misfits Country¿ is an enticing, surprisingly realistic work of fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2008

    Monroe, Gable, Clift, and Huston brought to life!

    I ordered this book as I am a big fan of the movie ¿the misfits.¿ ¿Misfits Country¿ is a fascinating look behind the scenes of the making of the movie. The author breaths life into the iconic Characters Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, John Huston, and Montgomery Clift. For Monroe and Gable this would be there last film. The Movie now considered a classic, was not received well at the time but looking back now it is seen as a signpost of change to come. The setting in Reno brought back nostalgic memories of my trips to the ¿Biggest little city in the world¿ back in the 1960's, it was a different place back then. The real strength of the book however is the portrayal of the central characters. The author is able to climb into these personalities minds and bring them to life, in the wrong hands this could have been a disaster. It maybe fiction but there is a lot of truth here.

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