The actor, Montgomery Clift, hit the screens of America in the 1940s, and this February he is making a reprise, hitting the screens of the British Film Institute. The BFI are dedicating the whole month to Montgomery Clift, screening a selection of some of his best films, including The Search (1948), andRed River.
Clift brought a new kind of masculinity to the screen, one that was sensitive, caring, and intelligent. He often played the role of the victim-hero, which tragically was mimicked in real life after a car crash in 1956. Despite disfigurement, he went on to make many more great films, such as Raintree County and The Misfits. Sadly, after the crash, alcohol and prescribed drug abuse brought about his early death in 1966 at the age of 45.
Tickets to the films are £10 for adults and £6.75 for concessions.
A Place in The Sun 4th-14th February
George Eastman gets a job at his uncle's factory, and secretly starts dating Alice, one of the assembly line workers. Despite it being against the rules, he quickly gets a promotion and starts socialising withe 'the well to do' sort, and meets another beautiful girl called Angela.
Red River 5th February, 8.30pm
Clift plays John Wayne's adopted son in this 1948 Western about a cattle drive from Texas to Kansas.
The Heiress 7th & 10th February
Based on the 1880 novel Washington Square by Henry James, Catherine is a shy girl who is considered as a disappointment to her father. When she meets Morris, a man who treats her with respect, they fall in love and plan to get married.
I Confess 7th & 10th February
In Hitchcock's film, Clift plays a Catholic priest assigned to keep the secrets of the confessional, even when a murder has been committed.
From Here to Eternity
8th & 13th-14th February
It's 1941, and Private Prewitt is transferred from the Bugle Corps to a rifle outfit. There, his comrades try to convince him to join the boxing team.
9th & 21st February
It was during this Civil War themed movie that Clift had his fateful car accident, yet he went on to finish the film.
The Young Lions
19th & 23rd February
A shy New York Jewish shop assistant sees combat action and befriends drafted lounge singer, Dino.
Suddenly, Last Summer
20th & 22nd February
After the death of her cousin, Catherine is institutionalised by her aunt, who wants her lobotomised to keep her quiet about what happened.
23rd & 26th February
The last film performance by Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, Clift joins the gang as the friend of a cowboy in the Wild West of Navada.
22nd & 24th February
Chuck Glover arrives in Tennesee to flood the land with a new dam, but one old woman who won't sell her land stands in his way.
25th & 28th February
Clift plays psychologist, Sigmund Freud, in this biopic.