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For a guy who starred in only three movies, James Dean has had an oversized impact on pop culture.
Eighty-five years after his birth (on February 8, 1931) and 60 years after the release of his final film ("Giant"), Dean is still our top poster boy for teen angst. And it didn't hurt his legend that his death in a car crash at age 24 meant we never had to watch him grow old, lose his looks, sell out, or make a bad film.
As iconic and familiar as Dean has remained for six decades, there's still plenty of mystery behind this lost-too-soon idol. In honor of his 85th, here are 10 things you need to know about the "Rebel Without a Cause" star.
1. Though he typically played the brooding outsider, Dean was a jock and a team player as a teen. He excelled at baseball, basketball, and pole vaulting in high school and took up fencing in college. »
- Gary Susman
'31 Days of Oscar' on TCM: 'The Wind and the Lion,' 'The Man Who Would Be King' Turner Classic Movies' “31 Days of Oscar” continues on Saturday, Feb. 6, '16, with more recent fare – as in, several films released in the last four decades. Among these are The Wind and the Lion, The Man Who Would Be King, A Beautiful Mind, Swing Shift, and Broadcast News. John Milius' The Wind and the Lion and John Huston's The Man Who Would Be King are both 1975 releases featuring “Westerners” (i.e., white people) stranded in “exotic” and potentially dangerous locales (i.e., places inhabited by dark-skinned non-Christians) in the distant past: the former in early 20th century Morocco; the latter in a remote region in colonial India in the late 19th century. (That particular area, Kafiristan, is located in today's Afghanistan.) The thematic similarities between the two films end there, for »
- Andre Soares
Director: Anton Corbijn
Special Features: Cast & Crew Interviews
Chronicling the iconic 1955 Life magazine photo spread of James Dean and the actor’s friendship with photographer Dennis Stock, Life is an interesting if slightly unusual subject for a film. Directed by Control’s Anton Corbijn (a former photographer himself), the film stars Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan as the two young men trying to make a name for themselves in 50’s Los Angeles.
Following a chance encounter with rising star James Dean (Dane DeHaan) at an La party, red-carpet photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) attempts to further both their careers by masterminding a photo feature to coincide with the release of East Of Eden. Planning to sell the feature to Life magazine, Stock agrees to follow the reticent Dean to New York and Indiana, taking natural photos of the actor as they go. »
- Mike McCarthy
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