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Rebel Without a Cause

Nicholas Ray, USA 1955, 111’

This cult and box-office hit immortalized James Dean. As director Nicholas Ray’s best-known work, it began a trend of films about adolescent problems and, paradoxically, a wave of fluffy teen movies studios used to draw a new and young audience to theaters. Millions of American teens, bored with the insincere films of their parents that filled Hollywood screens of the 1950s and the fraying American Dream, identified with Jim Stark, the titular rebel and sensitive social reject. Young Americans saw on-screen forlorn teenage outsiders, struggling with their parents, teachers and themselves, all souped-up by the exceptional roles of Dean and the extraordinary Sal Mineo as Plato.

Nicholas Ray

Nicholas Ray is a Hollywood legend and outsider beloved by French New Wave filmmakers, who saw in him one of the most important auteurs of American cinema. He shone with Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean, and his oeuvre brims with existential and fatalistic noir films (In a Lonely Place, They Live by Night), Western variations (Johnny Guitar, The True Story of Jesse James), bold social commentary (Knock at Any Door, Bigger than Life), war movies (the great Bitter Victory), and even high budget biblical cinema (King of Kings). He stopped directing regularly in the 1960s, but would return with unusual films such as his avant-garde take on America in We Can’t Go Home Again or the mockumentary Lightning over Water made (on his deathbed) with Wim Wenders.

Filmography

1948 Żyją nocą / They Live by Night

1949 Pukać do każdych drzwi / Knock on Any Door

1950 Pustka / In a Lonely Place

1952 Nieokiełznani / The Lusty Men

1954 Johnny Guitar

1955 Buntownik bez powodu / Rebel without a Cause

1956 Ponad życie / Bigger than Life

1957 Prawdziwa historia Jesse Jamesa / The True Story of Jesse James

1957 Gorzkie zwycięstwo / Bitter Victory

1961 Król królów / King of Kings

1976 We Can’t Go Home Again

1980 Film Nicka / Lightning over Water

Cast & Crew

director Nicholas Ray
screenplay Stewart Stern
cinematography Ernest Haller
editing William H. Ziegler
music Leonard Rosenman
sound Stanley Jones
cast James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo
producer David Weisbart
production Warner Bros. Pictures
sales Warner Bros. Entertainment Polska
source of print Swashbuckler Films
language english
coloration colour
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