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Life (2015)

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A photographer for LIFE Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean.

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Anton Corbijn

Writer:

Luke Davies (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pattinson ... Dennis Stock
Peter Lucas ... Nicholas Ray
Lauren Gallagher ... Natalie Wood
Kendal Rae ... Messy Actress
Drew Leger Drew Leger ... Boyfriend
Dane DeHaan ... James Dean (as Dane Dehaan)
Alessandra Mastronardi ... Pier Angeli
John Blackwood ... Raymond Massey
Jason Blicker ... Journalist
Emily Hurson ... Publicity Trooper
Kristian Bruun ... Roger
Joel Edgerton ... John Morris
Emma Pedersen ... John Morris' Secretary
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Norma
Allison Brennan ... Jack Warner's Assistant
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Storyline

This movie chronicles the story behind the 1955 LIFE Magazine photo thread by Dennis Stock of then-rising star, James Dean, and gives us an inside look at some of Hollywood's most iconic images and into the life of a gifted, but troubled man.

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From Rebel to Icon. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK | Germany | Canada | Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Life - La naissance d'une légende See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

James Dean's article written for LIFE Magazine was not very popular at the time when it was first released. See more »

Goofs

Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) appears to look at the back of the camera after each shot, throughout the movie. In modern times with a digital camera this would make sense as it would show a preview of shot just taken , but with film cameras this does not apply. There is nothing to see. See more »

Quotes

James Dean: I don't wanna play their stupid game.
Dennis Stock: You don't have to. I mean, just let me help you. I got 30 million people reading LIFE Magazine... and we do, we do a great shoot...
James Dean: Wait a minute, wait a minute! You think you're giving me something that's not alerady comin' my way? I lose myself in my roles! I don't wanna lose myself in all this other stuff. And you are this other stuff.
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References East of Eden (1955) See more »

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Everybody's In the Mood
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A moody but shallow endeavor
5 July 2016 | by indranee19See all my reviews

The problem with this movie is that neither DeHaan, nor Pattinson hold the attention of the audience. The script is nondescript, and the directing cannot make up for the lack of a compelling story and characterization.

DeHaan looks like a childish version of Dean with his unlined face, rounded cheeks, feathered, rubbable hair and those full, pink lips.

Dean was young, but had an old soul reflected in his lined face, sunken eyes, and impossibly attractive visage. Even James Franco -- much as I detest that actor -- was better than DeHaan. The story had no real climax... its twin journeys (of the co-protagonists) made shallow and dull via the absence of any real conflict or urgency of mission.

I'm sure Corbijn had good intentions.

I gave this one a four.


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