Since I was little, I have a habit of falling in love with certain actors. Some are flavors of the year, others have my undying devotion. Is it silly to lose your heart over someone who has been dead long before your born? I don’t know..the heart has her own rules which we must obey.
Elvis Mitchell and Richard Gere was talking about him on TCM. I made a mental note to check a movie he is in. To my good fortune the next week, From Here to Eternity came on. I never saw it before and decided to watch. I always liked Burt Lancaster. I figured for him alone it would be good. Poor Burt got pushed to the side when I saw him: Montgomery Clift.
As soon as he walked on the screen, I was transfixed. He is beautiful to me. It wasn’t just his looks that captured me. There was an energy to him that radiated on the screen. I literary felt his presence reach across time and space to touch me all the way in 2009. By the end of the movie, I had lost my heart.
His birthday was on the 17th which was the day of the blog party. I wanted to at least dedicate a post to him even it’s a few days later. I’m sure he won’t mind.
What is my favorite Monty film so far? Oh, that is hard to pick. From over the half of his movies I have seen, there are scenes and moments which stick into my head. My goal is to finish all his movies this year.
If you have never seen any of his films..well I recommend to start with:
From Here to Eternity
A Place in The Sun
These three are all radically different characters and Monty fully inhabits each one. I finally finished the trilogy of films he made with Elizabeth Taylor: A Place in The Sun, Raintree County and Suddenly, Last Summer. Monty and Liz have to be one of my favorite on screen couples. When they are on screen together, everyone else fades in the background.
Montgomery Clift inspires me with his commitment and passion to acting. Something that can erode as an actor when you are exhausted from auditioning, networking and doing all the business of actor. He reminded me that pouring myself into acting is one of the reason I wanted to be an actor in the first place. I want to burn up the screen like Monty does.
I wish you Happy Birthday Monty. Thank you for all these wonderful movies you have left behind. Thank you for reminding me why I love acting.
PS. Before I go, I want to give out big hugs for all the love for my faerie story on Saturday. Also a big thank you to Anakin who took the pictures of me. Without you, it would never have gotten done. Also to Marcus Patrick for being the gorgeous muse for my Raven. I don't know Marcus personally, if he ever reads this thank you, too.
I know I have posted this before. I can never get tired of this scene. I like to imagine he is saying this to me.