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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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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 See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,231,606
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both actors who have portrayed Harry Osborn in live-action Spider-Man movies (Dane DeHaan and James Franco) have also portrayed James Dean. See more »

Goofs

Dennis's son had not finished his sandwich when they left the park. Where did the bag go? 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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I'm Wild About You Baby
Written by Bob Shad
Performed by Lightnin Hopkins (as Lightening Hopkins)
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An unfulfilled promise
26 September 2015 | by michel_broedersSee all my reviews

"Life (2015)" is the fourth film directed by notorious Dutch photographer and director Anton Corbijn, in which we get a look into the life of James Dean. Corbijn proves to be an accomplished director since the release of his debut and gritty masterpiece "Control (2007)". A film that set the bar so high it became hard to satisfy his newly found fan-base. After his escapades with the thriller genre he returns to the genre he became known for, a biopic. And this time our favorite "Rebel" gets the "Corbijn- treatment", or so we hope.

As the title suggests the story revolves around Dennis Stock, a photographer for the magazine "Life", who gets the assignment to shoot rising and rebellious Hollywood actor James Dean, before the release of his first headlining film "East of Eden (1955)". A friendship develops between both gentleman and the pair travel to L.A., New York and Indiana to get those precious shots Stock is longing for.

DeHaan rather gives us his own interpretation of James Dean. The resemblance between portraying and portrayed actor is marginal. Stock on the other hand is portrayed by Pattison who gives a dull performance although the concept of his role feels dull on its own, something we can't blame Pattinson for directly. Stock's assignment and private life should feel like a struggle though this is poorly translated into the script.

Throughout the movie there are sparks of chemistry between both but in the end it's sad to see that this chemistry is absent for most of the film. It's because of these aspects this period drama sometimes feels like it's sleepwalking throughout its own story, which is a shame considering the fact that "Life" can be considered as almost a personal film for Corbijn. You might expect that a photographer making a film about photography would create something more lively than the overall boring "Life".

Maybe Corbijn made us spoiled little brats, we expect too much from the director that gave us "Control", while you can't blame an audience for expecting something more daring than "Life". James Dean was not only a fascinating character, he also possessed a complexity towards his sexual identity, something the film largely ignores. In conclusion there are some pleasing touches, such as the beautiful cinematography or a refreshing cameo by Ben Kingsley, but in the end this film becomes a frustrating experience for Corbijn fans.


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