American Legends: The Life of Montgomery Clift

ISBN: 9781515165552
*Includes pictures
*Includes Clift's own quotes about his life and career
*Includes online resources, footnotes, and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“Look, I'm not odd. I'm just trying to be an actor; not a movie star, an actor.” – Montgomery Clift

A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history’s most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors’ American Legends series, readers can get caught up to speed on the lives of America’s most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

In the World War II and post-war era, the figure of the male hero who was previously presented as an invulnerable, single-minded, and to a larger degree monolithic and unknowable warrior, began to develop into a more multi-faceted and intriguing character in the most important Hollywood films. This was to signal, and in a sense impel the same change in American society that has always mirrored itself after its cinematic models. Much like the era of Austen and the Bronte sisters, the American hero softened to resemble the older British one, vulnerable and uncertain, but still passionate and determined.
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