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Rebel Without a Cause

Rebel Without a Cause

Director: Nicholas Ray
USA | English
1955 | 111min.
Format: DCP
15+
“You're tearing me apart! You say one thing, he says another, and everybody changes back again.' James Dean’s character, the rebellious and causeless Jim Stark shouts these words of anguish in Rebel Without a Cause, a film which created visions that helped filled a void for young people: Jim’s red windbreaker and Judy’s (Natalie Wood) blazing red lipstick, the tenderness of Plato (Sal Mineo) towards Jim in the Griffith Park Observatory, Jim’s longing and torment occupying entire frames, Judy jumping up and down as she gives the signal for the cars to start racing toward the cliff. Dean died in a car crash a month before the movie opened in 1955 and only East of Eden (1954) was released while Dean was alive; Giant, his last film, came out in 1956. And the legend of James Dean as Jim the rebel took over. Much has been said about Dean in the 58 years since his death, but in his performances there is not a legend but rather a living, breathing human being in a wild surge of creativity. The undeniable power of cinema is that no matter how old the film, it is always right here and right now. When you see the pictures meticulously restored, that sense of right here and right now becomes even more potent. —Mohammad Khawaja

Director,  Nicholas Ray

Director,  Nicholas Ray

Nicholas Ray perfected the character of the detached loner railing against accommodation to society with Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Prior to Rebel, Ray directed the iconic noirs They Live by Night (1949) and In a Lonely Place (1950), which featured one of Humphrey Bogart’s finest performances of his career. Ray continued his exploration into the darker corners of American life with On Dangerous Ground (1951), before breaking away from noir with a pair of Westerns, The Lusty Men (1952) and Johnny Guitar (1954).

Cast and Crew

Director
Nicholas Ray
Cast
James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Ann Doran, Dennis Hopper, Edward Platt
Production Company
Warner Brothers Entertainment
Music
Leonard Rosenman
Producer
David Weisbart
Screenwriter
Stewart Stern, Irving Shulman, Nicholas Ray
Editor
William H. Ziegler, James Moore
Cinematographer
Ernest Haller
Sound
Stanley Jones
Production Designer
Malcolm Bert
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