Film Series Dueling Divas: The Blonde Bombshell v. The Violet-Eyed Brunette - The Misfits, 1961

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B2 Conference Room

Our last dueling divas series saw Bette Davis and Joan Crawford duking it out. Bette won, but it wasn’t a KO…both stars brought their best to the ring. Now for the dazzler in Denver – we’re pitting Marilyn Monroe against Elizabeth Taylor. Each night of this series, audience members will have a chance to vote for their favorite, and on the last night of the series, we’ll reveal the champion’s film, chosen by our audience. Come and back your fighter!

Directed by John Huston. Starring Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift. Taking pages from their troubled marriage, playwright Arthur Miller wrote this strange and delicate screenplay for and about his wife, Marilyn Monroe. In many ways, it marked the end of their marriage. It also marks the final film performance of Clark Gable and one of the last screen appearances of Montgomery Clift. The Misfits lives up to its title – it’s an odd film about odd characters who seek comfort and camaraderie from each other. It’s also as far away from the Marilyn Monroe of films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as you can get. The Misfits represents an American dreamscape exploring independence, the human spirit, solitude and loneliness; it is one of Monroe’s finest films. 124 Minutes. Not rated.
Tuesday, October 1, 6:30-9p, B2 Conference Center
http://denverlibrary.org/fresh#dueling

Film Series  Dueling Divas: The Blonde Bombshell v. The Violet-Eyed Brunette - The Misfits, 1961