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

Unrated | | Biography, Drama, Horror | 1 June 2015 (USA)
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Joshua Tree, 1951 is the provocative and mesmerizing experimental portrait of an icon.

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Matthew Mishory

Writer:

Matthew Mishory
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Preston ... James Dean
Dan Glenn ... The Roommate
Clare Grant ... Beverly
Erin Daniels ... The Roommate's Mother
Rafael Morais ... Johny
Edward Singletary ... Roger (as Edward Singletary Jr.)
Darri Ingolfsson ... James DeWeerd
Edgar Morais ... Franco
Dalilah Rain Dalilah Rain ... Violet
Christopher Higgins ... Arthur Rimbaud
Clint Catalyst ... Johnny the Bartender
Jay Donnell Jay Donnell ... Preston
Tony Herbert ... The Officer
Elizabeth Hirsch-Tauber ... Claudia
David Pevsner ... The Acting Teacher
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Joshua Tree, 1951 is the provocative and mesmerizing experimental portrait of an icon. Framed in a series of dreamlike, sometimes hallucinatory vignettes, the film draws on striking textures (velvety black-and-white 35mm, grainy bursts of color), highly stylized form, and the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud to question not only the established narrative of James Dean's life but also the process of star-making itself. Written by Iconoclastic Features

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The new motion picture about an outsider icon.


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USA

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English | French

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1 June 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Portrait of James Dean See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Director Matthew Mishory wrote the first draft of the script at French producer Muriel Dupuy's Paris apartment. The project was subsequently developed at the Transatlantic Talent Laboratory in Reykjavik, Iceland. See more »

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References East of Eden (1955) See more »

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I Fall in Love Too Easily
Performed by Jeff Harnar
Written by Sammy Cahn
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Just Brilliant
30 May 2012 | by patmoore93105See 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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