Richard Gere’s Favorite Love Scene Is More than Just Sex

The Time Out of Mind actor, one of the stars of W’s February 2016 issue, loves the real chemistry between 17-year-old Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in “A Place in the Sun.” Find out why in a video interview with W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg.

Released on 1/5/2016

Credits

Starring: Richard Gere
Director: Lynn Hirschberg
Executive Producer: Caroline Wolff

Transcript

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You know the first one that comes
00:07
to me is, it was An American Tragedy.
00:10
What's the movie that came out of that?
00:12
[Lynn] A Place in the Sun.
00:13
A Place in the Sun.
00:14
The dancing kiss.
00:16
It was not a lovemaking scene,
00:17
but it's just the most unbelievably beautiful
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committed moment of a man Montgomery Clift.
00:24
And a woman connecting.
00:26
Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor.
00:29
Wow, incredible scene.
00:31
I saw it again fairly recently
00:32
and it was just still the biggest close-ups I think
00:36
in the history of cinema.
00:37
And just you're seeing into these two souls.
00:39
And they obviously loved each other.
00:41
You know, those two actors loved each other
00:44
and they're wide open with each other.
00:45
They obviously were friends
00:47
and connected on a deep soul level.
00:49
Not necessarily in a sexual level,
00:51
but a deep soul level.
00:52
And I think that's what you were seeing in the eyes.
00:55
They transcended a sexual surface to it.
00:58
It was deeper than that.