Magnificent. More powerful every time I watch it, especially the ending.
For some reason this movie really broke me. Afterwards I had this impulsive feeling to listen to Abba music, but not owning any of their records, I had to settle for Supertramp 'Breakfast in America' which did the job alright. I started brewing some herbal teas, fighting off tears and then I started doing this weird thing where I held my nose and closed my eyes and vomited out the tea, which I proceeded to gargle in my mouth and…
Dean and Ray. That's all you need to know to watch this, if you haven't.
At the Griffith Observatory there is a bust of James Dean with a melting face--complete with eyes so squinty and hollow they'll haunt your dreams--that I believed to be a gross misremembering of his climatic moments in this film.
I was wrong.
All of this works. It should not.
Sticks and stones, Jim. Sticks and stones...
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Rebel Without A Cause is the beginning of the petulant, rounded but empathetic and truly cinematic teenager. With more than 50 years of stellar reviews and deep analysis from all angles, there's not a left to be said about Rebel Without A Cause, save from that it's a perennial cult classic.
The iconic white shirted, red jacketed, blue jeaned Dean plays the troubled adolescent Jim Stark as he moves into a new neighbourhood…
Been 18 years since I last saw this on the big screen and I can't get over how it never loses its power. Stunningly composed - especially the strange angles on the stairs in Dean's home, and the climax at the Observatory. According to the BFI's programme notes, the washed out colour is a fault of the poor Warner Colour process, but it somehow captures the dusty bleached atmosphere of Griffith Park and LA. And given they had to dye the jeans black to make them look blue, I wonder what colour Dean's popping red jacket really was.
"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,…
Spoiler: The "cause" is existential dread.
"I don't know what to do anymore. Except maybe die."
Few actors have left their mark in such a short span of time as James Dean has. In the span of five years, a few supporting roles, and three starring roles, Dean became an icon, and a legend within the industry. Sadly, his greatest role, and the one he'd always be remembered for, would be one of his last. Just a month before the premiere of 'Rebel Without a Cause',…
Completely knocked me off my feet. It just keeps getting better, and better, and better.
I can't wait to watch this movie again, and again, and again.