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Watch With Spooool #9 – Final Films (Giant [1956], The Misfits [1961])

In the “Watch With Spooool” series we watch films that we really should have seen before and then talk about them in our monthly podcast and a series of feature articles. Follow the series here.

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This month’s two films that we’re tackling are Nigel’s picks and feature the final work of some of cinema’s great icons – 1956’s Giant and 1961’s The Misfits. 

In Giant, we see the last work from the man who is more like a mythical pop culture figure than an actor, James Dean. Directed by George Stevens, the film is adapted from the novel by Edna Ferber and also stars Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor, though it is the posthumous Oscar-nomination and acclaim for J.D. that it is most remembered for. The film won the Academy Award for Best Director and received nine other nominations.

Another American drama, released five years later, The Misfits is a double-whammy for us as it’s the last completed feature by two screen legends – Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. Gable suffered a heart-attack ten days after wrapping the film, while Monroe was to die a year later in tragic circumstances. The film’s script is written by Monroe’s then-husband Arthur Miller and is directed by acclaimed director and converted Paddy, John Huston. It’s receiving a nice shiny re-release which will see it playing at Dublin’s Irish Film Institute from Friday June 12th (more info here).

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If you’ve seen either film (or both), please leave us a comment below, email contact@spooool.ie or tweet @spoooolers. We’ll be talking about the films in our end of month podcast and will write about them here the following week.

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