The James Dean Story (1957)

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This documentary, which was undertaken soon after James Dean's death, looks at Dean's life through the use of still photographs with narration, and interviews with many of the people ... See full summary »

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  • The James Dean Story (1957)
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  • The James Dean Story (1957)
  • The James Dean Story (1957)

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Robert Altman , George W. George


Stewart Stern

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16 September 2004 | housebluehill
It's a documentary about us; Dean was Altman's opportunity to make it.
I watched the movie because Robert Altman directed it, but I'd assumed it was going to be a straight forward documentary of Dean's life. Then about half way through it something didn't feel right. The people being interviewed spoke like they were on automatic pilot and the childhood photographs chosen for the movie had the quality of a spoof. I watched it a second time and realized it was Altman's documentary of the American Celebrity Cult, not James Dean. Our devotion to movie actors was reaching a new zenith in the 1950's and the life and death of Dean was a timely example of it. It's a movie about us in the same way Nashville is, or A Wedding, or Short Cuts.

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