Prot-a-gonist* Failure, Attraction & Existence | Montgomery Clift, 1920-66

Montgomery Clift

Look, I'm not odd. I'm just trying to be an actor; not a movie star, an actor.

Failure and its accompanying misery is for the artist his most vital source of creative energy.

The sadness of our existence should not leave us blunted, on the contrary--how to remain thin-skinned, vulnerable and stay alive?

If a man don't go his own way, he is nothing.

I have the same problem as Marilyn. We attract people the way honey does bees, but they're generally the wrong kind of people. People who want something from us - if only our energy. We need a period of being alone to become ourselves.

Nobody ever lies about being lonely.

Montgomery Clift reacting to his own performance in the film The Heiress, J.R. Eyerman, 1948

The thing that bugs me is the average woman's complete ignorance of the functional purpose of cosmetics, which is to supplement, not conceal.

I have enough money to get by. I'm not independently wealthy, just independently lazy, I suppose.

The only line that's wrong in Shakespeare is 'holding a mirror up to nature.' You hold a magnifying glass up to nature. As an actor you just enlarge it enough so that your audience can identify with the situation. If it were a mirror, we would have no art.       

James Dean's death had a profound effect on me. The instant I heard about it, I vomited. I don't know why.     

Look! Look! If you look really hard at things you'll forget you're going to die.

Marlon Brando visiting Montgomery Clift on the set of From Here to Eternity, 1953

Noah, from 'The Young Lions' 1958, was the best performance of my life. I couldn't have given more of myself. I'll never be able to do it again. Never.      
I keep my family out of my public life because it can be an awful nuisance to them. What's my mother going to tell strangers anyway? That I was a cute baby and that she's terribly proud of me? Nuts. Who cares?

I don't want to be labeled as either a pansy or a heterosexual. Labeling is so self-limiting. We are what we do - not what we say we are.

The closer we come to the negative, to death, the more we blossom. 

Montgomery Clift, 1920-66

The Heiress, 1949 / A Place in the Sun, 1951 / I Confess, 1953 / Terminal Station, 1953/ From Here to Eternity, 1953 / The Young Lions, 1958 / Suddenly, Last Summer, 1959 / Misfits, 1961 / Judgment at Nuremberg, 1961

Onslow Stevens and Montgomery Clift on Andre Birabeau's play Dame Nature, c 1945
 Montgomery Clift and Joanne Dru on the set of Red River, 1948
George Stevens, Montgomery Clift & Elizabeth Taylor on set of A Place in the Sun, 1951
 Deborah Kerr and Montgomery Clift on set of From Here to Eternity, 1952
Frank Sinatra and Montgomery Clift in From Here to Eternity by Irving Lippman, 1953
 Edward Dmytryk, Montgomery and Eva Marie Saint on the set of Raintree County, 1957
Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, and Dean Martin on the set of The Young Lions, 1958
 Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, and Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer, 1959
 Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits, 1961
 Montgomery Clift on the set of Judgment at Nuremberg, 1961
 Montgomery Clift on the set of  Freud, The Secret Passion, 1962
Montgomery Clift

Flick Review < Suddenly Last Summer | Tennessee Williams / Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959

Προσωπική Εξέλιξη | Γιάννης Γκούμας, 1991

Onchi  Koshiro, Poeme No. 22, A leaf and clouds, 1953

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Alphabetarion # Sand | Ray Bradbury, 1955

Winslow Homer, Beach scene, 1869

“I was only twelve. But I knew how much I loved her. It was that love that comes
before all significance of body and morals. It was that love that was no more bad than
wind and sea and sand lying side by side forever. It was made of all the warm long days
 together at the beach, and the humming quiet days of droning education at the school.
All the long Autumn days of the years past when I carried her books home from school.”

 Ray Bradbury, The October Country, 1955

What I Think about the Readers | George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950

George Bernard Shaw, floating on a diving platform, which bears the inscription 
'What I Think about the Readers', 1935

"Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself."

"Only in books has mankind known perfect truth, love and beauty."

"What we call education and culture is for the most part nothing but the substitution of reading 
for experience, of literature for life, of the obsolete fictitious for the contemporary real."

"A book is like a child: it is easier to bring it into the world than to 
control it when it is launched there."

"Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad."

"People get nothing out of books but what they bring to them."

"Censorship ends in logical completeness when nobody is allowed to read any books 
except the books that nobody can read."

"People have pointed out evidences of personal feeling in my notices as if they were accusing me 
of a misdemeanor, not knowing that criticism written without personal feeling is not worth reading. 
It is the capacity for making good or bad art a personal matter that makes a man a critic."

"How can you dare teach a man to read until you've taught him everything else first?"

"The road to ignorance is paved with good editions. 
Only the illiterate can afford to buy good books now."

"There is, on the whole, nothing on earth intended for innocent people so horrible as a school. 
To begin with, it is a prison. But in some respects more cruel than a prison. In a prison, for 
instance, you are not forced to read books written by the warders and the governor. . . .
In the prison you are not forced to sit listening to turnkeys discoursing without charm or 
interest on subjects that they don't understand and don't care about, and therefore incapable
 of making you understand or care about. In a prison they may torture your body; but they 
do not torture your brains."

"Keep away from books and from men who get their ideas from books, 
and your own books will always be fresh."

George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950


Lady moon | Lord Houghton, 1871

Lady Moon by Lord Houghton, Child Life: A Collection of Poems, 1871

Lady Moon, Lady Moon, where are you roving?
          "Over the sea."
Lady Moon, Lady Moon, whom are you loving?
          "All that love me."

Are you not tired with rolling, and never
          Resting to sleep?
Why look so pale and so sad, as forever
          Wishing to weep?

"Ask me not this, little child, if you love me;
         You are too bold;
I must obey the dear Father above me,
         And do as I'm told.

Lady Moon, Lady Moon, where are you roving?
          "Over the sea."
Lady Moon, Lady Moon, whom are you loving?
          "All that love me."

Lord Houghton, Lady moon, 1871

Prot-a-gonist: Summer | Annette Vadim / Gene Tierney / Brigitte Bardot / Juliette Gréco / Marlene Dietrich / Marie Laforêt / Catherine Deneuve / Grace Kelly / Anouk Aimée / Charlotte Rampling / Diane Webber / Katherine Hepburn / Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy Mcdowall playing on the beach, 1948
Marlene Dietrich and Charlie Chaplin, 1930                               Bette Davis celebrating on the beach, 4th of July1930  
Annette Strøyberg Vadim, sunbathing on beach at St.Tropez, 1959
Charlotte Rampling, Three, 1969
Brigitte Bardot, 1934                        Marie Laforêt, 1966
Catherine Deneuve, Biarritz, 1962
Diane Webber, 1950s
Gene Tierney, 1944                                                         Claudine Auger, 1960s
Jill Haworth, 1963
Jane Greer, 1946                                                           Anouk Aimée, Venice, 1952
Françoise Hardy
Grace Kelly, 1955                                                          Paul Newman,Venice Film Festival, 1963 
Katherine Hepburn and Joel McCrea, 1933 
  Sandie Shaw, 1967                                                                        Kirk Douglas and Brigitte Bardot, Cannes 1953
Cathy O'Donnell 
Juliette Gréco, 1950s


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