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(1955) 95% (0%) 3) NYT Critics' Pick * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "The classic film about alienated and rebellious middle class youth that made James Dean an indelible icon. "Rebel without a Cause" focuses on a teenage social outcast searching for his identity. His dysfunctional parents (a milquetoast father and a cantankerous mom) can't help him and he shuns any form of authority. The young man only finds solace in the company of two fellow teenage misfits (Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood), but even they aren't able to prevent tragedy from befalling this reckless and uncontrollable anti-hero." CONSENSUS: "Like its hero, "Rebel Without a Cause" desperately wants to say something and doesn't know what it is. If it did know, it would lose its fascination. A movie for anyone who's ever been a teenager." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: This came up on the new DVDs listing, and since it is such a seminal work, I decided to revisit it. MY THOUGHTS: Once again, the supplements add to the enjoyment - getting a true gang tough to collaborate, and then casting him; how the first two screenwriters failed, but the third was the charm; how director Nicholas Ray's relationship with his father greatly colored the film; running the film with the commentary playing, and picking up all kinds of interesting tidbits - all made seeing the film again much more interesting. As was emphasized over and over, this film seems as relevant today as 50 plus years ago, because it is a film about teenagers told from the point of view of teenagers. See it, or see it again. [New purchase by HCL]
posted Jul 7, 2009 at 6:48PM
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