Making Montgomery Clift

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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. 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 underappreciated legends his due.


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  • The Clift remembered here is not the doomed victim of so many mythologizing books and TV programs but a highly intelligent, mordantly funny man who successfully fought to keep his creative and sexual integrity intact.

    Nov 6, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dan Callahan

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  • A welcome corrective to simplistic and salacious Hollywood lore.

    Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "Making Montgomery Clift" makes a persuasive case that it's not the tragedy we thought it was, and best of all will send us back to Clift's indelible performances with new eyes.

    Apr 16, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite how much of Making Montgomery Clift consists of talking heads and unearthed audio recordings, it does not feel especially static, and much credit for that goes to its unique editing style.

    Mar 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Making Montgomery Clift may be co-directed by a member of the Clift family, but nothing feels sanitised; in digging deeper to find the man behind the cautionary tale, Clift and Demmon have crafted something far richer than any fanmade biography.

    Mar 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating exploration, but not of the man himself.

    Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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