Still, even though Montgomery Clift was in great demand among recognized directors and producers, he was literally driving the studios crazy, the agents were incensed, his career was maliciously called a slow suicide in Hollywood. And all this wrath was caused only by the fact that, by Clift's own admission, he'd rather be free than famous, and that was the exact reason why he would easily turn down the roles which, in consequence, were chosen by the Academy in various nominations. By and large, this never became an insuperable complication — for almost 20 years of his career Clift received 4 Oscar nominations for the Best Actor, including his performances in The Search (1948)
and in A Place in the Sun (1951)
that brought him international fame. These days, as the family members ponder, Montgomery could be called a freelancer — but in Hollywood of the 1960s it was utterly unfathomable for anyone to reject 14 roles in a year. For anyone except Clift who was always craving for independence.
The actor's youngest nephew Robert Clift, who produced the brand new documentary, admits that, even though he was born some years after Montgomery's death and didn't know him in person, he gained very detailed insight about his famous uncle from other relatives. A special place in the film is given to Robert's dad and Montgomery's brother Brooks Clift who was practically possessed by recording everything around, including the conversations with Monty, as he was called in the family circle. This fact subsequently played the key role and became a peculiar, but rather touching tribute to the late actor.