Thursday, 31 January 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 42: Mon Feb 11

A Place in the Sun (Stevens, 1951): BFI Southbank, NFT3 6.20pm
This film, part of the Montgomery Clift season, is on an extended run at the BFI Southbank. Details here. I went to see this at a press screening and though overly schematic the film has, at its heart, two luminous performances from Clift and Elizabeth Taylor that hold the attention and linger long after the final shot.

BFI review:
'The winner of six Oscars (for direction, screenplay, cinematography, score, costumes and editing), it centres on George Eastman (Clift), a shy, slightly awkward Midwesterner who arrives in California hoping for a job in his uncle’s factory. He’s in luck, and though he secretly starts dating assembly-line worker Alice (Shelley Winters) against company rules, he’s soon promoted. That wins him a tentative foothold in the world of his wealthy relatives – where he meets and immediately falls for beautiful socialite Angela (Taylor)... Stevens’ eye for detail is evident in the deft delineation of social divisions and the meticulous characterisation, but what distinguishes the film is the way he homes in – with ravishing close-ups and lingering dissolves suggestive of inexorable destiny – on the rapt, languid, irresistible desire that drives the story. While all the performances are excellent, Taylor and Clift were never better – or lovelier – and their scenes together are memorable for their wounded beauty.'
Geoff Andrew

Andrew has written a more detailed feature, highlighting Hollywood's beautiful couples, here.

Here is the trailer.

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