Skip to comments.Film showing tonight: Rebel Without a Cause
Posted on 05/09/2013 9:13:07 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee
The 1955 American classic about teenage alienation and rebellion, Rebel Without a Cause, will be shown at Tripolis Art House tonight.
Starring James Dean, who died before the film was released, and directed by Nicholas Wood, the film explores teenage feelings of alienation and disillusionment with society.
Tonights film-screening is organised by the Arete Cinema Club. Cinemas and theatres in Libya were closed for decades and the cinema club aims to reintroduce films to the community.
Rebel Without a Cause is in English with Arabic subtitles. The screening starts at 6 pm on Thursday 9 May, with refreshments are available beforehand. The Art House is on Al-Sekka Road in Tripoli.
Incidentally, the script of RWAC was written by Stewart Stern who is still alive at 91.
It was risque in its final form as well.
Not like the original uncut version. I’ll freepmail you if you like with the details. Won’t post them on a family forum.
How risque could it have been in the late 1940s?
Didn’t know that. All I can think about is that red jacket!
See your freepmail.
Hollywood is not a place where excellence and quality dominates or is even the goal, I trust my judgement over theirs in judging their goods.
A more desolate place you wont find.
Oh yes you will. Just cruise on over to Lost hills.
It’s generally not Hollywood figures who are the cinephiles it’s fans and film scholars.
Speaking for myself, I never claimed Dean was gay. RWAC is admittedly a solid, well-made film. It’s just that as the culture has become more and more self-absorbed, feminized, and even celebratory over this fact, issues like “teen angst” have worn really, really thin with me. Not saying the message of RWAC is endorsing this, but that it’s the topic that has become a visceral turn-off.
Wait’ll they learn that Sal Mineo was gay and that James Dean dated Vampira.
Toronto, Canada was then hard scrabble for new immigrants as myself. Hardly anyone seemed to own a car, but all talked about getting one. A Hungarian refugee had remarked to me, after discussing Canada and the weather this:
California! That is our dream.
There was this youth with a huge boat of an automobile (his Dads). He had doting parents. In the wonderful climate of California he basked. He had a smashing girl friend to boot (portrayed by Natalie Wood). I could not figure it out. Only in later years did I realise that the harder things are to get, plus the struggles some have to make to get them, seem to make many people value just what they have.
Thus the film did indicate to some extent about "rebellion;" maybe human beings are not geared to be absolutely satisfied. A bit of a ramble here, but I must mention I had read Steinbeck's East of Eden and then re read it. Dean's portrayal was genius. The novel had more authenticity to it than "Rebel Without a Cause". I will always remember the portrayal of the sweet girl next door. It was Abra, acted by Julie Harris, who is still with us, though sadly not so well, I believe. She was born in 1924.
James Dean and Marilyn Monroe are “icons” because they never age. They died young and left behind a strong body of work.
Hitchcock kept making movies past his prime and had a lengthy career before he truly got up to speed.
They were also “icon”ed with t-shirts and pop art paintings to truly become “iconic”.
Che is an icon and most of the public doesn’t know crap about him. Icon != worth or valued just as chart success != quality or “best of the era”. iconic
Giant was released after his death ... not Rebel Without A Cause. I'm old enough to remember the movie not long after it was released. My recollection is that I saw the movie before he was killed in a automobile accident.
I didn’t think Dean was a bad actor, just that the “tearing me apart” scene looks overacted (sorry). I DID enjoy him in the rest of the film though. He was very cool.
Yes, Julie Harris was a genius of an actress. Great movie. I can understand an immigrant wanting California! It was the golden land after the war!
Sal Mineo was indeed gay and working on a gay play when he was brutally murdered in his drive way in L.A. I believe they never found the killer. Vampira, at least, was a woman.
Too many of the young actors in Rebel met untimely ends. Nick Adams is another one.
I wonder what their reaction would be to seeing Elvis and Mary Ann Mobley in “Harem Scarem.”
Two longtime favorites of mine are in the cast of RWAC... Rochelle Hudson and Ann Doran.
What do you think of country music? Is it a complete travesty to ya? (duck’n & runn’n)
You actually draw a distinction between Lost Hills and Cholame
in a world this large? Hmmm. If you find there is that much
of a geographic difference then for the sake of accuracy I will
revise my statement to reflect that the intersection of CA 41
and CA 46 near Cholame is among the most desolate areas
you can find anywhere in the Lower 48....... Fixed?
Now, why would you run away? I happen to very much like country music - but only the old stuff. Any kind of cross-over music drives me wild. When my husband and I drove across N.C. and Tennessee a few years ago, we could not find a station that played authentic country music or bluegrass. When I directed a lovely play that takes place in the South, I used country music between scenes.
PS this was a collaboration between me and Ronnie Houser. I wrote the words, and Ronnie Houser wrote the music and created and produced the performance. The truck picture on the You Tube, I created from a licensed image, split it in two, and used it as the cover art for a privately released album of the same name as the song.
I am a fan, and my judgement is better than the leftists that populate the Hollywood world and it’s world of critics and scholars, and professors.
If you want to worship at the altar of the short lived actor and a kind of weird movie, feel free, but I consider the film one for beer and laughs.
Country used to be very rough and earthy. as did the people listening to it before the 1970s and pot reached the country world. "Knoxville Girl" is kind of a shocker, it was a hit from a very popular duet, the Louvin Brothers.
Here is the song that reached number 19 on the Billboard Country Singles chart in 1959, "Knoxville Girl"
""Its perhaps their most powerful rendering of traditional folk musics bleak vision of a dark and forlorn land, where love is absent and death is the only certainty. Its the centerpiece of what is arguably the Louvins' finest album."The album is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die."
There are some more examples here. Violence is a part of our folk music history
Thanks for the link. I will listen. I love low brow as much as the middle and high end. As long as it’s good.
Hey, I liked it! Patriotic country music is always good. You’re a song writer - that’s great.
My big concern about country music is that it has gotten very homogenous, if that’s the right word. Bland might be a better word. The kind of bumper music Sean Hannity plays. I always listened to Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, early Dolly Parton as a kid and young woman. Then I moved further back in time and became interested in bluegrass.
With all due respect this is part of a genre sometimes known as “Hicksploitation.”
To me it’s like comparing Stephen King to Mark Twain.
Thank you for the compliment, knowing what a highbrow it comes from... :-)
I’ve never heard country called that, when did you discover country, were they singing about cocaine and killing, and destroying property and cutting guys and cheating then?
Are you old enough to remember how violent and brutal the country world of bars and partying and life was before the 1970s?
Well I had an album of that stuff... it was marked hixploitation. Ranged from a song from the viewpoint of a gal who was going to commit suicide by letting a train run over her, to a hideously overdone (to the point of farce) version of Amazing Grace. Great if demons are what you’re into.
Oh, stop it! Actually, I very much enjoyed it. I love patriotic country songs - even the new ones. I just remembered that several years ago, I directed a play and the music I used was “Take This Job and Shove It.” The play was about two guys on the assembly line.
I think you are misguided if you think that country hits of the 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s and 1970s were because the
American people listening to country were of the demonic worshiping segment of the population.
Knoxville Girl for instance is centuries old, when you listen to old country hits, you don’t hear the sordid sex and cheating and cheap wives leaving husbands, the Honky Tonk violence and the casual taking of life, fighting and killing over cheap women and wives and husbands and easy sex? You don’t hear much sordid stuff in the Hank Williams songs, from Johnny Cash? Prison and killing men just to watch them die and cheap sex was a part of country music because people lived it and identified with it.
You said “” Today you’re likely to hear about the pleasures of some questionable tryst if you tune in to the country hits of Nashville (which I live next door to, by the way, now).””, listen to old country, pre-1970s it is a staple of country music and always has been.
Seriously, your cadence and construction are almost lyrical in a way that reminded me of how we were taught, long ago in the midwest, to (hopefully) think and (surely) pattern any writing we may attempt.
Anyway, thank you :^)
Anyway, not to ramble on too much, but today up in Great Lakes Country at the Canadian American border of Sault Ste Marie, it snowed. Lots of wet heavy snow. About 35 deg tonight as well. I have a modest rye whiskey in hand and will enjoy it, as I enjoyed your post. Cordially. PL.
Hit the wrong button and you have my mail for all to peruse. (chuckle).
Cheers, and enjoy the quiet of the snow
It’s a masterpiece which is taught as one of the prime examples of cinematic expressionism. The director studied with Frank Lloyd Wright And it shows.
The good news for you is that it is on DVD, so you can enjoy it as much as you like, it sucks, but as long as the usual crowd likes it, then great.
The crowd knowledgable about cinema yes.
That is your liberal arrogance and tribalism speaking, not all of us knowledgeable about cinema agree with your views.
You do tend to circle the liberal wagons though when other people have opinions that differ with the left side of the Hollywood world.
LOL What does liberal have to do with this? They aren’t just my views. It’s a classic that’s taught in film schools. Period. What you personally think of it is irrelevant. I know people who don’t like Citizen Kane and 2001. They are still great films.
Actually my personal opinion is incredibly important, regardless of what you people teach to each other and repeat back and forth among you, but then I am the guy (and other observers like me) who you couldn’t believe was insightful enough to know about Ebert being liberal when you didn’t know and couldn’t see it with your own eyes.
Ebert’s politics are irrelevant to him being a great critic in his prime. What’s ‘you people’. Lol.
Your inability to break from your crowd, and your lack of discernment was revealed in your inability to be aware of the bias that he brought to his personal opinions on films and Hollywood, you came late to that realization if you ever did realize it, and you still don’t seem to care much for people knowing it, like James Dean, Ebert seems like some sort of God to you.
Your incredible ego doesn’t make you anything more than just another movie fan with opinions, and not very original ones.
Ebert was a childhood inspiration. He contributed mightily to American culture by teaching people about cinema. All critics have some sort of bias. Telling someone to keep their opinions out of their criticism is like telling someone to keep their opinions out of their posts on FR.
I obviously believe you.