Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Going His Own Way


"A MAN DON'T GO HIS OWN WAY, HE'S NOTHING"
I'm not sure if any line from a movie had as much resonance to me as a youth as that one did by Montgomery Clift's Robert E. Lee Prewitt in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY. The man who was probably the most gifted actor this country ever produced, and who paved the way for everyone to Marlon Brando and James Dean to Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, would have been 87 today.
I'm sure that wherever he is in the universe today, America's most beautiful cinematic poet of pain is still going his own way. Monty, may you be well and taken care of for all of eternity...American cinema would have been a lot less without you.

4 comments:

Rogue Spy 007 said...

Happy Birthday to Monty. What a fantastic actor he truly was. Just absolutely brilliant.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Keith...Monty was the man. Hope you enjoy my next post on him...

Will Errickson said...

I still dream of an imaginary movie adaptation of On the Road with Clift as Sal Paradise and Brando as Dean Moriarty. Directed by, who? Nicholas Ray, perhaps?

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks Will....that would have been an astounding film.