Making Montgomery Clift

2018
U.S.
88 min.

Schedule

Tuesday, Apr. 30 at 7:00pm

Montgomery “Monty” Clift was one of the most influential actors in the history of cinema, starring in such iconic films as “Red River,” “The Misfits,” “From Here to Eternity,” “A Place in the Sun,” “Judgment at Nuremberg,” “Suddenly, Last Summer,” “I Confess,” “The Heiress,” and “Raintree County.” Clift bucked traditions on and off screen, but countless biographies have reduced him to labels like “tragically self-destructive” and “tormented,” describing him as a self-loathing, closeted alcoholic whose repressed sexuality led him to “the slowest suicide in Hollywood history.” In “Making Montgomery Clift,” nephew Robert Anderson Clift and Hillary Demmon rigorously examine the flawed narratives that have come to define Monty’s legacy. Drawing on interviews with family members and loved ones and a rich collection of unreleased archival materials from Monty and his brother, Brooks Clift, this fresh portrait of the actor’s passions, contributions, and commitment to living and working in his own way gives one of Hollywood’s underappreciated legends his due. Seattle’s The Stranger writes: “The documentary manages to be not only a strikingly honest take on Clift but also a moving exploration of a lost relative and a meta-analysis of the ways media creates a biography.”

Director

Robert Anderson Clift & Hillary Demmon

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