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Control director to explore real-life friendship between 50s icon and Life magazine photographer in new film

Control director Anton Corbijn is to delve into pop culture history once again for a film about the real-life friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock.

The biopic, titled Life, will follow the recent trend for movies that touch on a vital period in their subject's life, eschewing the once-popular "cradle to grave" format. Dean's 1955 breakthrough, the melodrama East of Eden, had not yet been released when Stock received an assignment from the Magnum agency to photograph the young actor. The pair ended up becoming friends during a journey from New York to La, and on to Indiana, with the photographer capturing iconic images of the nascent star.

East of Eden, based on John Steinbeck's novel, was one of only three films in which Dean took the lead and the »

- Ben Child

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