A Place in the Sun
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Directed by George Stevens, the film opens with Montgomery Clift thumbing a ride. He's going to the town where his rich uncle owns a mill. He's awkward among his affluent relatives and happy to get a job, any job. And so even though he has to start at the bottom, packing bathing suits into boxes, he's aware of his future opportunities. Shelly Winters is cast as a factory girl he starts romancing. But then, his fortunes suddenly turn, he's invited to more and more upscale social events, and he falls in love with Elizabeth Taylor. The plot thickens as Shelly Winters announces her pregnancy and Montgomery Cliff finds himself trapped. The consequences are horrific as we watch his dreams all crash down around him.
I was captured by the story right from the beginning in a screenplay that kept the tension mounting and never let up. I identified with Montgomery cliff and found myself sympathic to his plight. He plays a complex character and has a lot of moral choices to make. He sweats, he shakes, he cringes, his eyes fill with tears. Certainly, he was one of the finest actors of his time and his performance is magnificent. Elizabeth Taylor was just 17 years old then and sure was a beauty. As she explains in an interview as part of the special features on the DVD, this was her first serious role. "Before that," she says jokingly, "all my leading men were either dogs or horses.Read more ›
By the late 1940s, however, censorship began to relax, and A PLACE IN THE SUN was among the first films to take advantage of the fact. Unlike the 1931 film, producers did not attempt to film the whole of the novel; they instead focused on the second half. The result was singularly powerful.
George Eastman (Montgomery Cliff) is the poor relation of a wealthy family--and when seeks aid from them he is given a menial job in the factory, where he becomes intimate with factory worker Alice (Shelly Winters.) But when George is suddenly promoted he begins to enter the world of his dreams--and it includes glamorous socialite Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor.) And now only the commonplace and unexpectedly pregnant Alice stands between him and all that he has ever desired.
The script veers toward excess more than once, but director George Stevens and his extraordinary cast carry the film to unexpectedly powerful effect. Previously known as a sex-bomb, Shelly Winters fought hard for the role of Alice and with it gives the first in the series of truly brilliant performances for which she would become so well known.Read more ›
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"An American Tragedy" is the title for those that may want to read the book. Liz was at her loveliest ever and Monty is gorgeous. Read morePublished 12 days ago by R. Kelly
Fun American 1950s bent on Dreiser. Loses the mastermind's psychological realism and frames Americans as simpletons, but who's to say we shouldn't be embarrassed by what the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adam
This cautionary tale remains relevant today. Featuring perhaps Elizabeth Taylor's best performance, it identifies the pratfalls facing a young man who wants everything and has... Read morePublished 2 months ago by TubaMan
FABULOUS STORY BASED ON AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY, BRILLANTLY PREFORMED BY ALL EVERYONE IS BRILLIANT IN THE MOVIE AND OF COURSE HAVING A FACE LIKE ELIZABETH TAYLOR ON SCREEN IS A GIFT TO... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the movie, but about halfway through it began to skip and stop. Horrible. I paid over $30. had someone over to watch and that happens. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jackie Murphy
One of the best movies ever, pairing Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor as star-crossed lovers. If wishing was criminal, then Clift is guilty of murder but who can blame a young... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lisa J Wilson
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