Rebel without a Cause (1955)

James Dean plays a troubled young man with much to prove in this iconic film.
Ray’s eloquent use of architectural space in his epochal account of middle-class teenage angst reminds us that he’d studied under Frank Lloyd Wright. Their painful paths first crossing in a police station, Jim, Judy and Plato form a surrogate family at a deserted mansion, while Griffith Park’s Observatory puts their problems into perspective with a lesson about the unfeeling enormity of time and space.
1955 USA
Directed by
Nicholas Ray
Produced by
David Weisbart
Written by
Stewart Stern
James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo
Running time
111 minutes

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