This is the grandfather of all great teen films, unapologetic in wearing its melodramatic, self-absorbed heart on its sleeve. The angst is so palpable, it’s practically a character in the movie. What sets it apart from earlier (terrible) youth films boils down to one thing: James Dean. He is as committed to his role as any actor I’ve ever seen, and he is truly a force of nature in it. The rest of the cast is great, too, but they’re…
Confusion is sex.
Overriding feeling whilst watching this was essentially: "Damn James Dean is charismatic".
But seriously I was genuinely surprised by how much I enjoyed this coming of age tale as I was worried it's plot might have dated slightly. It hadn't and although it is slightly predictable by today's standards Dean's amazing magnetic performance and the films eventual conclusion saved this from being anything but dated or generic.
Considering this was my first Dean film I'm really looking forward to seeing some of his other performances as he really did blow me away.
I had the pleasure of seeing a 35mm print of Rebel Without a Cause on a large screen. Although I was somewhat aware of what to expect regarding its presentation of teen angst if only by cultural osmosis (this being such a landmark, widely discussed film), what lasts most with me is the beauty of its images. The planetarium scene memorably diminishes the teenager’s perils whilst visually demonstrating the growth potential afforded to all of them, however in its return…
"Μακάρι να είχα μια μέρα που να μην ένιωθα μπερδεμένος...
Και να μην ένιωθα ντροπή για όλα...
Αν ένιωθα ότι ανήκω κάπου...Τότε θα..
- "Τζιμ, θα μου κάνεις μια χάρη;
Αν αρχίζεις πάλι να βράζεις, θα έρθεις να με δεις πριν μπλέξεις;
Αν θέλεις απλώς να μιλήσεις, έλα να ξεσπάσεις σε εμένα.
Είναι πιο εύκολο από το να μιλάς στους γονείς σου.
Οτι ώρα και να 'ναι, νύχτα ή μέρα.
Κάπως έτσι ξεκινάει η ταινία, σε ένα τοπικό Αστυνομικό Τμήμα,…
If they had made this
Take place on more than one day,
I'd like it much more.
"Why do we do this?"
"You've gotta do something. Don't you?"
"I think I know my own son."
Saw this on the big screen too. 'Rebel' is a film that I like less and less every time I see it.
While it has its obvious qualities (Jimmy Dean and Sal Mineo) it's just too convoluted and pretentious, as it wallows in it's own self importance.
There are times where I'm not sure if Nicholas Ray is showing that kids put too much emphasis on their teenage years or if he is actually indulging them and saying that their…
James Dean rocks a hyper-vulnerable masculinity that is easily the most notable thing in a story that goes to some needlessly weird places.
Movies about high school are usually bizarre and if anything, the older they are, the stranger they get.
Another film that is more iconic for its star than its actual merits. I liked that it portrayed isolation and alienation that is felt throughout adolescence, but some awkward scenes and partial acting results in the film having a comedic element rather than being tragic and melancholy.