UCF Film Associate Professor Barry Sander recently teamed up with fellow UCF English Associate Professor Tison Pugh to write about the life and work of actor Montgomery Clift in the new book of essays, “Larger Than Life: Movie Stars of the 1950s.”
The book will be released Friday, Aug. 13.
An official description of the essays says, “The constellation of Hollywood stars burned brightly in the 1950s, even as the industry fell on hard economic times. Major artists of the 1940s—James Stewart, Jerry Lewis, and Gregory Peck—continued to exert a magical appeal but the younger generation of moviegoers was soon enthralled by an emerging cast, led by James Dean and Marlon Brando.
They, among others, ushered in a provocative acting style, “the Method,” bringing hard-edged, realistic performances to the screen. Adult-oriented small-budget dramas were ideal showcases for Method actors, startlingly realized when Brando seized the screen in On the Waterfront. But, with competition from television looming, Hollywood also featured film-making of epic proportion—Ben-Hur and other cinema wonders rode onto the screen with amazing spectacle, making stars of physically impressive performers such as Charlton Heston.”
Barnes & Noble, which is currently offering a pre-ordered paperback version for $17.96, reviewed the book, stating: “‘Larger Than Life’ offers a comprehensive view of the star system in 1950s Hollywood and also in-depth discussions of the decade’s major stars, including Montgomery Clift, Judy Holliday, Jerry Lewis, James Mason, Marilyn Monroe, Kim Novak, Bing Crosby, Gene Kelly, Jayne Mansfield, and Audrey Hepburn.”