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New doc offers a rare glimpse into bisexual actor Montgomery Clift’s troubled life

Making Montgomery Clift is a new documentary that offers audiences a unique look beyond the self-destructive and tortured soul we often hear about and instead focuses on the happier parts of the iconic actor’s life.

The film, which was funded through a GoFundMe campaign, was produced and directed by Clift’s nephew, Robert Clift, and his wife, Hillary Demmon.

“I was always aware that there was a disconnect” between the public perception of Clift and the man his loved ones knew, Robert Clift says. “It was just never addressed in any systematic manner. This film gave me an opportunity to explore that.”

Clift was a contemporary of Marlon Brando and James Dean and starred in such iconic films as The Misfits, From Here To Eternity, and A Place in the Sun. He was also bisexual. Plagued by drug and alcohol addiction for much of his life, he suffered poor health and died of a heart attack at age 45.

Making Montgomery Clift premiered on Sunday at the ArcLight Hollywood as part of the L.A. Film Festival.

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