Les Désaxés seen by Luz: “I wrote the book to give Marilyn back the right to scream”

"I made the book to give Marilyn back the right to scream"
Futuropolis / Seven Arts Productions
Marilyn Monroe in Les Désaxés (1961)
Seven Arts Productions
The French poster of the Désaxés
Seven Arts Productions
The alternative poster of the Misfits
Seven Arts Productions
Marilyn Monroe in Les Désaxés
Seven Arts Productions
John Huston's Misfits Photo
Seven Arts Productions
The cover of Hollywood Liar, by Luz
Futuropolis
"I made the book to give Marilyn back the right to scream"
Marilyn Monroe in Les Désaxés (1961)
The French poster of the Désaxés
The alternative poster of the Misfits
Marilyn Monroe in Les Désaxés
John Huston's Misfits Photo
The cover of Hollywood Liar, by Luz

Marilyn Monroe in Les Désaxés (1961)

The French poster of the Désaxés

The alternative poster of the Misfits

Marilyn Monroe in Les Désaxés

John Huston’s Misfits Photo

The cover of Hollywood Liar, by Luz

In the Hollywood Liar comic, Luz goes behind the scenes of The Misfits. A classic to see again tonight on Arte.

Born Norman Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, it is under the pseudonym Marilyn monroe that the actress managed to make a place for herself in Hollywood. The pretty platinum blonde, with devastating charm and sensual curves, caught the eye of producers with her talents as a model posing for calendars. Propelled on the big screen, she perfectly embodies the pin-ups and quickly establishes itself as the new sex symbol of the seventh art. To his credit, films Niagara, Seven Years of Reflection or Some like it hot.

Marilyn Monroe in 5 roles

If the cinema smiles on her, she is much less lucky in her personal life. The actress gets married three times and succumbs to some great seducers among whom Yves Montand but also the Kennedy brothers. A success that does not prevent her from being ravaged by loneliness. On August 5, 1962, she was discovered lifeless in her Californian villa. According to the findings of the investigation, she committed suicide by overdosing on drugs when she was only 36 years old. Conclusions called into question by an insistence rumor which rather evokes a homicide. This unforgettable shooting star, despite a short career, is to be found tonight on the small screen. And this thanks to Arte which rebroadcasts The Misfits: The Misfits of John huston.

A work that has just entered the history of the 7th art as a “cursed movie”, because he was the last of his main performers Marilyn Monroe and Clarke Gable. Made in the heart of the Nevada desert, this love story between a fragile woman and an older man she has known a complicated shoot. A sad story told by Luz in his comic book Hollywood liar (published by Futuropolis). The author had told us about it in the Première Classics n ° 7 (April-June 2019) and today we are sharing an excerpt from this interview on the occasion of the replay of the film on Arte this evening.

“I wanted to imagine the actors behind their masks.
(…)

I couldn’t see any more films at the time… But this one, I see it. And I see it again, and again… Until it becomes a real obsession. I started to take an interest in the behind the scenes of the film and I published boards on the set in Cinema Notebooks. Like that, without really knowing where it was going… And when the idea of ​​making a book was born, I think I started to understand what the film meant to me. First, it’s a pivotal film, a film “Twilight” as they say. There is something morbid. By a strange echo effect it joined what we were experiencing here, it sent me back to our own change of epoch … And then, the more I was interested in the film, the more I understood that what Huston was describing was people who live in hiding. The characters, but also the actors hidden behind their characters, and behind their own reality of actors. Behind symbols. Something that intrigued me.
(…)

I wrote about a dying America, about a dying era, about a symbol, about a woman. A key scene in the film for me – and that we chose to cover – is the scream scene, when Marilyn walks away in the desert and screams… At that moment, it’s a woman prisoner who wants to exteriorize everything.
(…)

This is what makes it one of the most cruel scenes in all of Marilyn’s film, moreover. We don’t see her
shout, we don’t allow him to scream his pain or in any case we half hide it. The only moment in cinema where
she finally seems to rebel, we don’t see her: you can imagine! It was maybe a choice of Huston, or Marilyn, I don’t know, but for me there was a lack and in retrospect, I would say that is why I made the book. Give Marilyn back the right to scream.
(…)

What I understood as I watched it was that everyone tried to use the symbol of
these stars. For Huston it was a commissioned film, but we feel that he wanted to play with the image of Clark Gable, with the status of Marilyn and with the mask of Monty Clift. In my opinion, he did not know how to go to the end of his process. At the end of the film, Monty remains a nice tortured; Gable a cowboy and Marilyn a sex symbol. He couldn’t break their image. The more I watched
The Misfits, the more I wondered: “Is it possible to get out of this when you’ve been locked in a symbol?” Can we get out of the cliché? “ For me, that’s where the infinite sadness of the film comes from: when the cardboard The End arrives on the screen, everyone goes home. “

Clark Gable: the untold story of a star who suffered in war

The story of the offsets : In Reno, Roslyn is about to divorce. Fascinated by the beauty of the young woman, a middle-aged cowboy asks her to share his existence. She also befriends a wealthy breeder and a widowed mechanic. They seem fulfilled but in fact suffer emotional and intellectual misery.

The movie trailer:

A new series on Marilyn Monroe is in preparation

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