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Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (2012)

 -  Drama  -  24 May 2012 (USA)
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An intimate and dreamlike portrait of icon James Dean on the cusp of achieving fame.

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JOSHUA TREE, 1951 is an intimate portrait of James Dean on the cusp of achieving notoriety as both a great actor and an American icon. Set primarily in the early 1950s and focusing on Dean's experiences as an up-and-coming actor in Los Angeles, the film is a series of revealing and sometimes dreamlike vignettes that blend biographical and fictionalized elements to present a pivotal moment in a remarkable life. Written by Iconoclastic Features

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The new motion picture about an outsider icon.

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Winner, Jury Prize, Image+Nation Montréal Film Festival. See more »

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There is a brief shot of a record player in the apartment just after James Dean moves in with his roommate. It shows a V-M Corporation 1200 series record changer made specifically for General Electric record players. The 1200 series wasn't introduced until around 1955, and this particular model wasn't produced until several years after that, circa 1960. Also, the record player appears to be a stereo. Stereo records and players premiered around 1958. See more »

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A story of James Dean before he was famous.
29 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to be at the premiere of this film in Seattle... Wasn't expecting much from yet another James Dean movie but this one kind of blew me away. All of the shots are very pretty and the black and white really enhanced everything. The music was great, too, it really felt like it was in the 50s. I don't know if they were trying to suggest that James Dean was definitely gay or not but I think the point came across pretty well that he wasn't the heterosexual male sex icon that everybody thought he was. I also really enjoyed the random literary references throughout the movie. It made me feel kind of smart and classy to watch it. I really appreciated the frank way that it dealt with the sex scenes, too. It really bothers me when movies act like sex is some horrible thing even when they're showing people having sex... Anyway, I really recommend this movie. I don't know if it's going to ever be in theaters or not but if it is, you should all see it!


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