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This documentary, which was undertaken soon after James Dean's death, looks at Dean's life through the use of still photographs with narration, and interviews with many of the people involved in his short life. Interviewees include the aunt and uncle who raised him after his mother's death (when James was 9), his fraternal grandparents, a cabdriver friend in New York City, and the owner of his favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. James's father, who was alive when the film was made, does not get a single mention. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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30 December 1957 (Sweden)  »

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All the members of Dean's family who consented to participate in this documentary only did so after stipulating that 5% of the film's profits should be donated to the James Dean Memorial Foundation. See more »

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References Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956) See more »

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Let me be loved
Written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston
Performed by Tommy Sands
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Mediocre documentary of Dean's life
23 December 2002 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This 1957 documentary was thrown together to capitalize on the Dean legend and hopefully cash in on it. Out of luck - even Dean's ardent fans avoided this turkey. Using still photography and a morose narrator, Martin Gabel, this contains little useful information not already known about Dean. Interviews with family and neighbors back home shed little light - they are so terminally dull and brimming with flat affect, one is astonished that Dean's fluidity of expression and sensitivity grew out of this environment. Of some value is an outtake from EAST OF EDEN (presented here in dimly lit black and white) between Dean and Davalos. It's a gruelling 82 minutes.


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