On Tuesday 23rd at 5pm we have James Dean’s second film REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1h50mins)
Over the years, the film has achieved landmark status for the acting of cultural icon Dean, fresh from his Oscar nominated role in East of Eden and who died before the film's release, in his most celebrated role. This was the only film during Dean's lifetime in which he received top billing. The film was a groundbreaking attempt to portray the moral decay of American youth, critique parental style, and explore the differences and conflicts between generations. As an actor who spoke for an entire generation, James Dean brought his explosive presence to the screen in Nicholas Ray's "tense, exciting melodrama" Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo both earned Oscar nominations for their powerful performances in this realistic journey through a turbulent teenage universe of violence and delinquency. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing and recently selected by the prestigious American Film Institute as one of the 75 greatest American films of all time.
Perpetually sullen, Dawson High's careworn new student, Jim Stark, braces himself for yet another fresh start in a new town, after an unpleasant brush with the law earlier the same morning. Masking a profound but unfocused teenage angst, Jim, once more, will find himself neck-deep in trouble when he catches the eye of the school's brazen delinquent, Buzz, after a field trip to Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory. Under those circumstances, only a dangerous test of valour can sort out the men from the boys, while, suddenly, the equally persecuted pariah, Plato, and Stark's charming next-door neighbour, Judy, become Jim's unusual alternative family: the only refuge from their seemingly callous parents. Now, the wheel of estrangement and teenage defiance has come full circle, and the petulant trio will have to go back to where it all began. Does life always give second chances?
‘’ A teenpic landmark and easily the best-directed in the genre’s history, this empathetic insight into juvenile alienation has lost little of its relevance even six decades on. The red-jacketed, Method-pouting James Dean steals every scene, but the ensemble playing is nothing short of exemplary. A mighty, ageless jolt of teen petulance. Dean is supreme.’’ Empire
‘’ Dean has a timeless quality about him, you'd never guess this film is almost 70 years old.’’ Amazon.co.uk
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