Making Montgomery Clift

Sunday 25 Apr 2021 - 8:00pm to Sunday 2 May 2021 - 8:00pm

Montgomery Clift was one of the most influential actors in the history of cinema, bucking traditions on and off screen, but countless biographies have reduced him to labels like 'tragically self-destructive' and 'tormented.'

Free screening

Now, nephew Robert Clift and Hillary Demmon rigorously examine the flawed narratives that have come to define Monty’s legacy. Drawing on interviews with family 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 under appreciated legends his due.

'When Montgomery Clift refused to play the studio game in the '40s and '50s, it was the only game in town for actors. He wouldn't sign a contract, he dropped out of Sunset Blvd. just before shooting began, and the many films he turned down included Bridge on the River KwaiEast of Eden and On the Waterfront. Because his talent was as dazzling as his beauty, Hollywood met him on his exacting terms, and even with a filmography that numbers fewer than 20 features, his groundbreaking screen performances (four of them Oscar-nominated) are indelible… Montgomery Clift's nephew, co-directing an eye-opening documentary about the great movie actor, excavates a treasure trove of family archives… A welcome corrective to simplistic and salacious Hollywood lore.' - Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

'Doc Liberates Screen Icon From His Gloomy Reputation… Clift fans will likely want to see this movie twice because it contains so much rare material.' - Dan Callahan, The Wrap

Robert Clift, Hillary Demmon
Montgomery Clift, Brooks Clift, Ethel “Sunny” Clift, Patricia Bosworth, Jack Larson
1hr 28mins