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

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An intimate and dreamlike portrait of icon James Dean on the cusp of achieving fame.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Roommate
The Roommate's Mother
Roger (as Edward Singletary Jr.)
James DeWeerd
Dalilah Rain ...
Arthur Rimbaud
Johnny the Bartender
Jay Donnell ...
Tony Herbert ...
The Officer
The Acting Teacher


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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Co-star Edward Singletary, Jr., prepared for his role as Roger (based on Rogers Brackett) by spending weekends in Laguna Beach with a surviving long-time friend of Brackett's. See more »


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 »


References East of Eden (1955) See more »


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Just Brilliant
30 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

JOSHUA TREE 1951 is brilliant. It touched my heart so deeply, there were tears running down my cheeks as it concluded. Because of the film, I FELT James Dean. I FELT the greatness of his talent and I felt the pain of his choices. Not many films can do this. Director Matthew Mishory captures the terrible conflict between what an artist must do for his art and what he gives up - the risks he must take, the life he gives up in order to progress, to honor, to grow his art - and the artist's personal life - love, relationships, family, stability. With the specter of Fate hanging heavily over the film like the thick clouds of the Joshua Tree desert hanging over the characters, Mishory explores the concept of "destiny". Are the artist's choices inevitable?

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