Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

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93 min minutes

There already exist at least 10 biographical films about James Dean, the actor whose legend revolves around his stunning looks, rebellious image, limited film work, and tragic death at 24. Joshua Tree, 1951 deviates from straight documentary into an artful interpretation of Dean’s pre-fame life at UCLA. Moody interludes in the titular desert region offer respite from Jimmy’s savvy machinations among Hollywood moguls, his earnest musings on Rimbaud, and turbulent bisexual relationships and dalliances. Dean’s life’s been examined to death, but this portrait dramatizes it with panache. (DAVE SEGAL)
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Film Credits
Director
Matthew Mishory
Cast
Festivals
SIFF 2012