Being Human in Hollywood

November 10, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Robert Clift, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of English, Film Studies program
Salk Hall, Room 402
Filmmaker and Assistant Professor Robert Clift will address the relationship between a public face and the human beneath it through a discussion of his current film documentary – an in-depth look at his uncle, the classic Hollywood star Montgomery Clift. Clift's acting career is notable for starring roles in films like Red River, A Place in the Sun and From Here to Eternity, and for bringing a new type of masculinity to the American screen. However, portrayed as living a double life marked by “dangerous” gay bars, a Freudian fixation on his mother and a love for Elizabeth Taylor that he could not consummate, his public image came to bear more resemblance to a caricature than a real person. Professor Clift asks how we might have remembered the actor were it not for the homophobic perspectives that have come to define him in the public eye. In the process, Clift reminds us there is always more to a person than what we might see.Part of a series of events in a year-long exploration of the theme of Being Human organized by the School of Dental Medicine as part of the Provost’s Year of the Humanities in the University