Magnificent Music for Montgomery Clift

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Saturday, March 08, 2014

Montgomery Clift Montgomery Clift (Publicity photo)

Actor Montgomery Clift (1920-1966) had a relatively brief screen career, but his moving performances in some strong films have left a lasting legacy. Clift's troubled personal life surely informed his acting, which often gave us characters of vivid sensitivity and inner turmoil. Clift's handsome but delicate appearance helped make his performances riveting, as did the music composed for the films in which he starred.

Some of Hollywood's finest composers created particularly rich scores for Montgomery Clift's movies, and David Garland presents highlights from several, including Franz Waxman's "A Place in the Sun," Alex North's "The Misfits," Hugo Friedhofer's "The Young Lions," Jerry Goldsmith's "Freud," Johnny Green's "Raintree County," and Dimitri Tiomkin's "Red River."

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