The only actor from that period who wasn't totally screwed up because of the cultural ramifications of being gay and in Hollywood was Tab Hunter. Sadly, the rumors of his being gay did damage to his career but he didn't drink himself to death or even worse.
@1 the clash too
As a straight guy I can watch that clip in full awareness of Clift's homosexuality and yet be completely oblivious to any gay undercurrent. Tremendous actor in a great film.
I was oblivious, till reading this;
they couldn't BE any more obvious: gunz = dicks.
Upon rewatching, I stand corrected -- they couldda
blown away the smoke from their freshly-fired barrels,
like they usta do in the movies.
And, as she ever was for so many people in Hollywood that others rejected, Elizabeth Taylor was a close friend and supporter.
The author here seems to be suggesting that we shouldn't suggest that Clift's troubles had anything to do with his sexuality, but this seems to just let society off the hook. Maybe Clift and his family were OK with the fact that he was involved with men, but society at large sure wasn't, and the pain of internalized homophobia for gay folks growing up in the 20th century was pretty intense for many people. I guess I just feel like this is a bit revisionist and sees Clift's life through the lens of someone growing up today rather than someone growing up in Clift's time.
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