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Montgomery Clift : beautiful loser

Author: Barney Hoskyns
Publisher: New York : Grove Weidenfeld, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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When Clift first appeared on the screen in 1948 he was a completely new kind of actor: painfully sensitive, almost effeminately beautiful, and quite free of the tough-guy trappings of Hollywood's standard leading men. The roles he created influenced a generation of moodily introverted young rebels and won the hearts of women the world over. But Monty's was a wretchedly sad life. Emotionally disturbed, sexually  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Montgomery Clift
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barney Hoskyns
ISBN: 0802115128 9780802115126
OCLC Number: 24378601
Notes: Originally published: London : Bloomsbury Pub., 1991.
Description: 192 p. : ill. ; 27 cm.
Contents: Acting out, 1920-33 --
"The juvenile of all time," 1933-45 --
Hollywood calls, 1946-49 --
The misfit as superstar, 1949-53 --
Glazed and confused, 1954-60 --
The inner circle of hell, 1960-66.
Responsibility: Barney Hoskyns.

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When Clift first appeared on the screen in 1948 he was a completely new kind of actor: painfully sensitive, almost effeminately beautiful, and quite free of the tough-guy trappings of Hollywood's standard leading men. The roles he created influenced a generation of moodily introverted young rebels and won the hearts of women the world over. But Monty's was a wretchedly sad life. Emotionally disturbed, sexually confused, and physically destroyed by drugs and alcohol, he passed his last ten years--after a serious car crash in 1956--in what has been described as the cinema's longest suicide attempt. Featuring rare archival photographs, many previously unpublished, this book reexamines the life and performances of this Hollywood misfit who never knew what he was or what he wanted to be.--From publisher description.

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