Tuesday, September 30, 2014

James Dean. Still Mad About the Boy?

James Dean wasn't a visual artist but he was the icon of disaffected youth for a whole generation. He died today in 1955, and his films are still making money.

 James Dean in a still from Giant. 1955

 The other two roles that defined his stardom were as loner Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955), and as the surly ranch hand, Jett Rink, in Giant (1956).

Dean's enduring fame and popularity rests on his performances in only these three films, all leading roles. His premature death in a car crash cemented his legendary status

Years after the making of the movie, teenagers are still trying for the cool that was James Dean, the poster boy for the tortured netherworld between child and adult.

From Time Magazine: What Price Celebrity

Germaine Greer was "Mad about the Boy "

From the lack of views and comments, I would say that most are not "mad about the boy," if they even know who he was. Sic transit gloria mundi.

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