A Place in the Sun

T is for Taylor
Screening on Film
Directed by George Cukor.
With Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters .
US, 1951, 35mm, black & white, 122 min.
Print source: HFA

Although this brooding romantic drama has little in common with its source, Theordore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, it exerts a melancholic, foreboding power all its own. Clift plays the poor relation of a wealthy manufacturer who falls in love with a beautiful socialite (Taylor) while having an affair with a factory girl (Winters). Elizabeth Taylor, who was only seventeen when Stevens cast her, fully commands the screen as the vivacious socialite Angela Vickers. Sumptuously photographed by William Mellor, the film took six Oscars, including awards for direction, screenplay, and cinematography.

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