Documentary of the brief but memorable career of the now iconic James Dean. Narrated by Martin Sheen, the film focuses much attention on his early work for television, and utilizes a ... See full summary »
Casper Van Dien of STARSHIP TROOPERS stars as James Dean, whose remarkable talent and rebel attitude took Hollywood by storm. But as Dean's star begins to rise, his passionate affair with ... See full summary »
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This film takes a glimpse at moments in Dean's life that may have possibly shaped his personality and rebellious nature. It shows his passion for the art of acting as well as the struggles ... See full summary »
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 ... See full summary »
This appears to be a very ordinary documentary, written, produced and directed by Ara Chekmayan, for the video market. However, it promises to be, "A stunning NEW look at a legendary star." What's new will depend upon what you already know. I found this account of James Dean's life interesting, and learned some things which would probably not surprise many others. Most interesting to learn of Mr. Dean's train ride with his mother's coffin, a girlfriend suddenly marrying another man (Vic Damone), and the fact that there was another passenger (Rolf the mechanic) in the car crash which killed Dean.
Julie Harris, William Bast, and some other "friends, co-stars, and teachers" (it says here, on the box) share their "insightful" interviews. Ms. Harris speaks sweetly about working with Dean on "East of Eden". Mr. Bast shares a very sweet story about when his mother came to visit himself and Dean in their apartment. Kenneth Kendall talks about creating a beautiful head sculpture of Dean, which was stolen from his grave, unfortunately. There are generous clips from Dean's three feature films, but only a couple of clips which could, arguably, be called "never before seen." Charges Dean was "homosexual" are vociferously denied. Chris Busone does a very '80s sounding tribute song called "American Rebel".
"Forever James Dean" is far more insightful about marketing than it is about Dean.
*** Forever James Dean (1988) Ara Chekmayan ~ James Dean, Julie Harris, William Bast
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