In Stanley Kramer’s JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961) Montgomery Clift plays a Jew who was sterilized by the Nazis during WWII for being “mentally incompetent.”
By the time of filming, Monty was 43 years old and had only three more years to live: his body and mind were already wrecked from drug and alcohol abuse following his debilitating car accident. Perhaps that’s what makes the fragile sanity of Monty’s work here all the more difficult to watch. It was most visibly coming from some place horrifically honest: at only about 7 minutes in length, it would lead to Monty’s fourth—and final—Oscar nomination.
Monty refused salary for the role. He would lose to George Chakiris in WEST SIDE STORY.