Trailer Flashback: ‘A Place in the Sun’

The story of Elizabeth Taylor, part three: After Richard… the men in my life were just there to hold my coat

ELIZABETH TAYLOR must have wondered how she could possibly follow Cleopatra, but taking a long break turned out to be the answer. Read More here

The story of Elizabeth Taylor, part two: Two divorces, tragedy, huge film hits… and the Richard Burton affair

GRANTED a divorce from hotel heir Conrad Hilton after only eight months’ marriage, Liz Taylor didn’t hang about. Read More here

The story of Elizabeth Taylor, part one: Eye-catching outcast who grew up to be movie golden era queen

AS a child with genetic mutations who terrified grown-ups, some might have believed the film studios when they said Elizabeth Taylor would never be a star. Read More here

Montgomery Clift movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘A Place in the Sun,’ ‘From Here to Eternity’

Montgomery Clift would’ve celebrated his 98th birthday on October 17, 2018. The iconic actor gave only a small number of onscreen performances before his untimely death in 1966 at the age of 45. Yet several of those titles remain classics. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 12 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

10. SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER (1959)
“Suddenly, Last Summer” is the kind of lurid blending of homosexuality and cannibalism that only Tennessee Williams could conceive. Clift plays a psychiatrist summoned by the wealthy Mrs. Venable (Katharine Hepburn) to lobotomize her niece (Elizabeth Taylor), who harbors a terrible secret about the death of her cousin, Sebastian. Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz films this disturbing material as explicitly as the censors would allow,.
1. A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951)
Though it won raves from critics and snatched up 6 Academy Awards (including Best Director for George Stevens), today’s viewers often dismiss “A Place in the Sun” as pat and outdated. Yet this story of an ambitious social-climber (Clift) who marries a dowdy factory worker (Shelley Winters) and falls in love with a glamorous socialite (Elizabeth Taylor) remains a powerful and enchanting melodrama. The chemistry between its two leads — who would remain lifelong friends throughout their many ups-and-downs — is heartbreaking in its intensity.

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