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Montgomery Clift Month at British Film Institute (BFI)

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'The Misfits', 1961

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), and Red 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.

Raintree County
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.

The Misfits
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.

Wild River
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.
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Why? Watch great films by a great actor
When: Until 28th Feb
Phone: 020 7928 3232
Where: BFI Southbank
Cost: 10 adult, 6.75 concessions
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