"Rebel Without A Cause" premiered in movie theaters on this date in 1955......
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"James Dean: Race With Destiny"
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"Rebel Without a Cause" is a 1955 American drama film about disturbed suburban, middle-class teenagers. Directed by Nicholas Ray, it offered both social commentary and an alternative to previous films depicting delinquents in urban slum environments. Over the years, the film has achieved landmark status for showcasing cult figure James Dean (who died before the film's release) in his definitive role. In 1990, "Rebel Without a Cause" was added to the preserved films of the United States Library of Congress's National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
The story of a rebellious teenager, who arrives at a new high school, meets a girl, disobeys his parents and defies the local school bullies was a groundbreaking attempt to portray the moral decay of American youth, critique parental style, and explore the differences and conflicts between generations. The title was adopted from psychiatrist Robert M. Lindner's 1944 book, "Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath". The film itself, however, does not reference Lindner's book in any way.
Warner Bros. released the film on October 27, 1955, almost one month after Dean's fatal car crash.
If you're interested in reading more about the life and career of Nicholas Ray, there was a blogathon celebrating him on his birthday back in early September. You can find the details here......