65 years have passed since its premiere and the film, Rebel without a cause to deliver his message to us in the most classic style of Hollywood cinema and at the same time serve as a testament to one of its great stars, James Dean.
It was one of three films to feature Dean as the lead actor, who tragically died at the age of 24 when his career was just taking off. The unfortunate event occurred on September 30, 1955, while the premiere of rebel It was on October 27 of the same year.
The film is inspired by the book Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath, written by psychoanalyst Robert Lindner and published in 1944. In this clinical study, a patient’s history is followed through hypnosis sessions. American society, sensitive to time after the end of World War II, but with the atomic age and the Cold War upon us, was looking for new outlets for its fears.
The objective of the book Rebel Without a Cause: Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal PsychopathI was looking for an answer to mental processes. For its part, the film Rebel Without a Cause showed its effects.
Being objective, few things in the film make sense; however, what it captures perfectly is the nonsense of violence, which often seeks vent in youth, but is not exclusive to it.
James Dean’s character, Jim Stark, is a young man looking for motivation, but with good feelings. From a modest family, he must face bullying from higher-level classmates, more socially integrated and who, with their position of advantage, seek to put themselves before everyone. Stark is tough, but smart. Unfortunately, he falls into a too dangerous game that will not have a good ending. Faced with the consequences, he decides to face his fate as a whole being.
Luck is on Stark’s side; he allows her to play one last hand that, if successful, may allow her to move on with her young life, scarred but wiser.
rebel is a critique of the comfortable and indolent American society of the 50’s, whose generations had a dry confrontation. The inflexibility of the ancestors prevented communication with the children; the harshness of generational ways no longer had an effect on their young people, who rebelled and often despised the comforts that the warmth of home offered them. They found their own path and sometimes got lost in it. It was the search for happiness, abandoning it.
The film was directed by Nicholas Ray and represents his most recognized work, although he has a long list to his credit. The appearance of Natalie Wood as Judy and Sal Mineo as John, a close friend of Jim Stark, are appreciated. Dennis Hopper has a small appearance as Goon, while Jim Backus does an excellent performance as Jim’s father, Frank.
the essence of Rebel Without a Cause remains representative of genealogies. Although technology advances and times change, communication between parents and children continues to be essential, as we can see in this 65-year-old film.