JOSHUA TREE, 1951: A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN
- JOSHUA TREE, 1951:
- A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN
- 2012, Matthew Mishory, USA, 93 min.
- With James Preston, Dan Glenn
“Mesmerizing and sexy.”
—David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
“Part noir/part Ansel Adams…when a film is this beautiful it’s hard to ignore.”
—Kevin Taft, Edge Magazine
One private, “lost” year in the life of 20-year-old pre-stardom James Dean is rendered in a dreamy, noirish style that evokes 1951 to perfection in artful black-and-white with occasional flashes of Kodachrome color. Male eroticism is the current running through a story that melds a simmering internal sphere of desire to an external one of ruthless ambition, as the young Dean pursues ambiguous relationships with the struggling actor who is his roommate, the has-been starlet who grooms prospects for a powerful and predatory agent, and the shy and pretty boys who exist in the shadows of his life. HDCAM video. (BS)
Executive producer Randall Walk will be present for Q&A following the Saturday screening.
Actor James Preston will be present for Q&A on Tuesday, in a discussion moderated by Richard Knight Jr., film critic for the Windy City Times.