Tag Archives: Montgomery Clift

“I watched myself in Red River and I knew I was going to be famous, so I decided I would get drunk anonymously one last time.” – Birthday boy Montgomery Clift

Montgomery Clift on the set of “Red River” (1948) He was right. It’s his birthday today. Such a superb actor. Such an influential career … with such a tragic ending. But still. He inspired a generation. Here’s a link to … Continue reading

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Recommended: Biographies

For starters: My recommended Fiction books My recommended Non-Fiction books BIOGRAPHIES: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, by Joseph Ellis I’ve written a lot about Joseph Ellis’ work here. While I love David McCullough’s work so much, Ellis is … Continue reading

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Interview with Jennifer McCabe: On-camera Acting Training and the Actor’s Process

Jennifer McCabe has been teaching acting and directing in various capacities for almost 25 years. After getting her Master’s through the MFA program at the Actors Studio, she first worked with Enact, a not-for-profit arts-in-education company which goes into at-risk … Continue reading

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September 2016 Viewing Diary

Kicks (2016; d. Justin Tipping) Absolutely loved it. There have been so many excellent first-time directors making features this year. My review for Rogerebert.com. Kiss Me Deadly (1955; d. Robert Aldrich) I love this bizarre paranoid insanely phantasmagorical … film … Continue reading

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July 2015 viewing diary

Faith of Our Fathers (2015; d. Carey Scott). A poorly done Christian movie. My review at Rogerebert.com. In Stereo (2015; d. Mel Rodriguez III). The second terrible movie I’ve had to see and review in June. My review at Rogerebert.com. … Continue reading

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Seen Recently: Meet John Doe (1941), A Short Film About Love (1988), The Heiress (1949)

Meet John Doe directed by Frank Capra In his autobiography, Frank Capra opens the section on Meet John Doe with these words: Making a film out of Meet John Doe proved to be as full of surprises as breaking a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Montgomery Clift

Kim Morgan writes in her not-to-be-missed essay on Clift: Clift’€™s eyes held secrets, and not merely the secrets we know about after discovering his real life. There’€™s more to Clift than hiding homosexuality, there’s pain and romance and passion and … Continue reading

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The Books: The Making of The Misfits, by James Goode

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: The Making of the Misfits, by James Goode. I have known about the notoriously difficult shoot for The Misfits since I was in high school just because, if you study film, even in an … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Montgomery Clift

Kim Morgan writes in her not-to-be-missed essay on Clift: Clift’€™s eyes held secrets, and not merely the secrets we know about after discovering his real life. There’€™s more to Clift than hiding homosexuality, there’s pain and romance and passion and … Continue reading

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Montgomery Clift on Elizabeth Taylor: “You know how it is when you love somebody terribly but you can’t describe why? That’s how I love Bessie Mae.”

Excerpt from Patricia Bosworth’s Montgomery Clift: A Biography. Kevin McCarthy describes the tragic car accident that almost killed Montgomery Clift and ruined his face. McCarthy and Clift had been hanging out at Elizabeth Taylor’s home (which she shared with then … Continue reading

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