Montgomery Clift, Queer Star
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Wayne State University Press
Title Page, Copyright Page
A great number of people helped, supported, and inspired me while writing this book, and my debt to them is incalculable. First among all is Will Brown, who on a now-distant bus journey, from Leuchars Station to St. Andrews, suggested I should work on Montgomery Clift: I?ll be grateful to him for the rest of my life. Many other friends and ...
...ual. Labeling is so self-limiting. We are what we do, not what we say we are.?1 Montgomery Clift challenged prescribed models of identity throughout his life and career; his legacy as a fi lm star stands out as a continuous, creative act of transgression, defying the cultural domi-nancy of sexual and gender ?normality.? Clift is a major fi gure in post-...
1. Montgomery Clift and Queer Theory
...valid and enlightening arguments; at the same time, it appears limited in scope, and often shortsighted in its analysis. Clift?s subversive func-tion was vastly more complex and spanned a much longer period of his career than is usually acknowledged. Critical analyses of his star per-sona and performances have been inadequate on three major points. ...
2. Irruption in Hollywood: The Beautiful Boy
... More than any other fi lm starring Montgomery Clift, Red River has attracted retrospective critical attention. Casting the twenty-six-year-old Clift against an especially brutish John Wayne, this epic west-ern depicts a classic yet deceptively simple tale of masculine struggle. Red River has been hailed as a key intervention in screen representations ...
3. The Peak of Stardom: Desire, Multiplicity, Deviancy
...fame. Worshipped by fans, hailed as one of Hollywood?s hottest prop-erties, and Oscar nominated twice, Clift starred in three high-profi le fi lms; while these roles further consolidated his image, they did so by crystallizing his essential multiplicity. A reluctant murderer in A Place in the Sun, a priest oppressed by secrets in I Confess, a tough yet vulner-...
4. The 1956 Car Accident and a New Queerness
...between 1953 and 1956; while shunning Hollywood, he chose instead to return to Broadway in 1954, producing and starring in a controver-sial version of Chekhov?s The Seagull. The fi lm that fi nally brought him back to the big screen was Raintree County, a sweeping Civil War drama in which he played the protagonist, John Shawnessy. The reasons why ...
5. The Final Period: “Abnormality,” Asexuality, Asynchrony
...gomery Clift) and Carol (Lee Remick) lying on the muddy ground af-ter a gang of thugs has assaulted them. Chuck has proved no match for the mob of hostile men and has been hopelessly beaten up; Carol, however, has aggressively and fearlessly attacked their enemies and has been fi nally knocked down. After a pause in which the two look uncer-...
...through the bleakest phase of his life. An outcast in Hollywood, where a growing reputation for mental instability sealed his uninsurable sta-tus, Clift was now unable to work as an actor. Although he recorded Tennessee Williams?s The Glass Menagerie for Caedmon Records, in 1964, and narrated a television documentary on William Faulkner in ...