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Nevada connections to the movie The Misfits on the 50th anniversary of its release

A special event

Sunday, February 13, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m.

A screening of the film preceded by an informative presentation by Robin Holabird

  Original 'The MIsfits' film poster

Location: Wells Fargo Auditorium; lower level of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

Parking is FREE in the lot and parking garage across from the Knowledge Center

An Exhibit

Origins of The Misfits

The  ongoing exhibit Honoring the Horse on the first and third floors of the Knowledge Center includes a mini-exhibit highlighting materials from Special Collections that shed new light on the Nevada people and events who influenced Arthur Miller's story of The Misfits.

A film to remember


The Special Collections Department of the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries celebrates the 50th anniversary of the making of one of Hollywood's most interesting movies, The Misfits. Rich with Nevada themes, with characters based on Nevada people, inspired by Nevada's landscapes, and filmed in several Northern Nevada locations, the film would capture local interest for these reasons alone. But the film interests us for other reasons:

  • Although it was misunderstood and underappreciated in its own time, it has become an enduring classic of the cinema that audiences still enjoy.
  • Written by Arthur Miller, directed by John Huston, and starring Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Eli Wallach and Thelma Ritter, the movie reflects a dedication to quality from all participants. Cinematographers, editors, makeup and costume artists and the rest of the crew were the best in the industry.
  • It was the last film for Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe (who was married at the time to Arthur Miller). The challenges and stress of making the film may have contributed to the tragedies in their lives that followed.

The high-profile project called for the best available photo agency to document and publicize the shoot. Magnum Photos obtained exclusive rights to photograph the shoot, and over 300 of the stunning photographs can be viewed on the Magnum site (type misfits movie in the search box at the top).

Magnum photographs were also used in books, articles, and a documentary film on The Misfits, including Making The Misfits, a documentary film and multimedia website for the "Great Performances" series on PBS.

Source: The Misfits: Story of a Shoot by Arthur Miller and Serge Toubiana


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Donnelyn Curtis
Special Collections, 3rd Floor, MIKC
Room 216
775 682-5668; 775 772-3957

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