Rebel Without A Cause is one of my favorite movies, as James Dean is my favorite actor, but East of Eden is actually my favorite of the three Dean made. But of course there is no book (or at least I haven’t found one yet) about the making of East of Eden like there are on Dean’s other two films Rebel Without a Cause and Giant – and I have both of those.
I have had Live Fast, Die Young The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without A Cause by Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel for some time now, but just read it this past weekend in preparation for the screening of Rebel. Although obviously I have seen Rebel Without a Cause numerous times and own it on dvd and stream it on amazon prime, I have never seen it on the big screen in the movie theater – tonight will be the first time, and I am SO excited! Not sure why they aren’t showing it this Sunday Sept 30th on the anniversary of Dean’s death, but instead they had four showings Sunday Sept 23rd at 2pm and 7pm and Wednesday Sept 26th 2pm and 7pm. So I am seeing the last showing of it. I bought my ticket back in April.
The book about the making of Rebel was great with lots of behind the scenes stories as well as career information on the three stars James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo – and on the director Nic Ray. This is the movie that made teenager a household word – gave them a voice and their own culture. During Rebel‘s filming, Dean’s first film East of Eden was released making Dean the talk of the town. They finished filming Rebel Without a Cause in May of 1955 and James Dean died September 30th, less than a month before it was released. Dean was an instant star, an icon, a legend.
To see photos and vids from my night in the theater with Rebel Without A Cause, please click here.