Film Series : Spotlight: Montgomery Clift

A Place in the Sun

1951, George Stevens, USA, 122 min. With Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters

Show Times

  • Sat, Nov 3rd 4:45pm
  • Tue, Nov 6th 7:45pm

"The most beautiful couple in the history of cinema." - Andrew Sarris

This multi Oscar-winning (including Best Director, Screenplay, Cinematography) adaptation of "An American Tragedy" updates Dreiser's 1925 novel to the restless mood of postwar America. Clift plays an ambitious poor relation who uses his rich uncle's pull to land a supervisory job in a bathing-suit factory, impregnates one of his workers (Winters), and then tries to ditch her in favor of a dark-haired, white-clad incarnation of the American Dream (Taylor). Mixing heavy-handed touches with passages of rapturous romanticism, A PLACE IN THE SUN may not be the best film Clift was ever in, but it remains his most essential performance. The mystery he creates around the character of George Eastman, tuned to the wavelength of his own sense of destiny, eludes the boundaries of both Cold War conformism and film noir fatalism. DCP digital. (MR)

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