Classic film star and queer icon Montgomery Clift’s legacy has long been a story of tragedy and self-destruction — the slowest suicide in show business and a “tragic beauty” or “beautiful loser.” He was a gorgeous man whose twenty-some movies place him in the same rarified air of sex symbols like James Dean and Marlon Brando, actors who played a new type of man for Hollywood. One that was sensitive and also troubled. But a car crash and a need to hide his homosexuality has always pointed to Clift as a figure of great sadness. But when his nephew dives into the family archives, a much more complicated picture emerges.
Director Robert Anderson Clift is the son of Brooks Clift, Monty’s brother. He may have never met his famous uncle, but he was able to learn more about him by meeting the people who actually knew him.
This film attempts to portray a different side to the actor than the books Montgomery Clift: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth and Monty: A Biography of Montgomery Clift by Robert Laguardia. However, the movie does neglect that Clift had a twin sister and her entire side of the family refused to be part of this film. Most of the documentary comes from recordings that Brooks had made of extensive conversations with his family.
The director told The Guardian, “For us, it seemed there was this big difference between what people thought about Monty in the public sphere and what people that knew him would say,” said Clift. “I wanted to figure out why there was such a difference.”
I’d recommend checking out this film, which posits that the books written on Clift came from a place more homophobic than even the Hollywood system that Clift existed within.
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