Artists in Action #273


Montgomery Clift gets medicated
(photo by Stanley Kubrick)

7 comments:

Vanwall said...

Jesus, that's creepy.

Jeremy Richey said...

Such an incredible shot and I just recently found out that Kubrick was the photographer...

mernitman said...

Looks like just another day in my little office...

Testify said...

Am I the only one who thinks this is pantomime? The eyes seem a little too clear,the hand a little too elegant? Thanx for all the Monty pics though!

Tom Sutpen said...

Am I the only one who thinks this is pantomime? The eyes seem a little too clear,the hand a little too elegant?

Entirely possible. It was part of an article for one of the big photo weeklies of the time, Look magazine, and in that realm (especially when covering a celebrity) a degree of staging was not unknown. Could be that Kubrick asked him how he spent an evening at home and, considering Clift's sense of humor (always self-deprecating), he snapped into that pose instinctively.

Vanwall said...

Ah. Many an evening have I spent in just such repose. I thought it was amazing Clift did too - shoulda known it was just a career-boosting photo op.

Tommy O'C said...

Such umbrage at a "staged" photo. Clift grabbed one of many bottles within reach (not to mention a pharmacy's worth of prescription meds that were more info than Look's audience needed).

It's a portent of man who'd shortly become what Actors Studio cofounder Bobby Lewis called "the slowest suicide in show business."

But you all see the superficial and not the real subtext.