Do Not Detonate: The Films Behind ASTEROID CITY


Directed by John Huston

USA, 1961, 2h 5min, DCP

Do Not Detonate: The Films Behind ASTEROID CITY

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

AFS presents a free series of films that influenced Wes Anderson’s ASTEROID CITY. The series includes three classic works of mid-century cinema, and as the capper to this series, AFS will present a special Sneak Preview of ASTEROID CITY.

“Miller’s screenplay pushes them all together and lets the stars collide, resulting in many a tense standoff about gender roles, relationships, Western codes, and trauma … [It’s] a gripping and messy ode to the collision of genres, time periods, and personalities.” —Little White Lies

Melancholic and sultry, contemplative but severe. In a mesmerizing, breakthrough dramatic role for Marilyn Monroe, THE MISFITS — scripted by celebrated playwright Arthur Miller — examines the star’s trademark sexuality and its effects on the masculinity of three aging men. Newly divorced and reconciling with her newfound freedom, Roslyn Tabor (Monroe) becomes entangled in the lives of cowboy Gaylord Langland (Clark Gable) and his friends (Montgomery Clift and Eli Wallach). Director John Huston’s somber Neo-Western reflects on compassion and mortality, made all the more palpable, and with great finality, by the sudden deaths of stars Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe shortly after completion.