Delphinium is a stylized and lyrical coming-of-age portrait of Derek Jarman's artistic, sexual, and political awakening in post-War England. Part biographical narrative, part experimental ... See full summary »
Paul, part-time laborer and amateur artist, leads an unremarkable life like any other, until his world is disrupted by vivid revelations of the afterlife. At first a welcome respite from ... See full summary »
Ísgerður Elfa Gunnarsdóttir,
Jón Páll Eyjólfsson
Graham DeNiro, an aspiring actor, moves from his small home town to Hollywood. As he begins the pursuit of his dream, he finds himself under attack by the supernatural force spawned by the legend of the "Hollywood Gamble."
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 »
Images of abandoned, crumbling cemeteries and haunted, deserted villages compelled filmmaker Matthew Mishory (A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN) to visit rural Moldova, where his father was born but... See full summary »
Critics and the filmmakers have described the film as "post-queer" or "post-gay". Sexuality is never questioned, discussed, or editorialized in the movie. 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 »
Performed by The Tikiyaki Orchestra
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Good movies entertain. Great movies linger in the viewer's mind long after the end credits roll. Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean does exactly that. It's been days since I viewed this amazing film at the Seattle International Film Festival and I can't get it out of my mind.
To appreciate this film one must cast aside all preconceived notions of who the so-called hyper-cool stud James Dean was - or wasn't. One must surrender to the film's almost dream-like, nonlinear storyline. One also must also not be homophobic to enjoy this unique gem of a film.
Joshua Tree, 1951 is simply beautiful, from the surprising opening scene to the end. James Preston, playing James Dean, gives a raw portrayal of the price Dean paid to become a star. Preston skillfully plays Dean as he was before the world knew him: fresh off the farm, seething with ambition, hungry for knowledge. Dan Glenn masterfully plays The Roommate (rumored to be real-life former Dean roommate Bill Bast), painting a remarkably beautiful portrait of love that could never be in the early 1950s. The audience sympathizes The Roommate as the one who paid the life-long price for loving Dean. Ed Singletery, playing Roger, is a wonderful metaphor for the Hollywood "machine," and Dalilah Rain, playing Violet, is a delight to watch.
The cinematography is sure to attract the attention of award ceremonies and will be studied in film schools for years to come.
Go see this film!
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