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The James Dean Story/The Bells of Cockaigne (1957)

Cast: Louis de Liso, Louis de Liso, Ortense Winslow, more...
Director: Robert Altman, Robert Altman, George W. George, more...
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Studio: Delta
Genre: Documentary, Biographies
Running Time: 80 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, Japanese
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Synopsis
A cut above the usual cheesy paste-up "tribute", The James Dean Story is imbued with a modicum of style thanks to fledgling film-director Robert Altman. Most of the film consists of clips from Dean's three starring pictures (East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant), with tantalizing glimpses of his pre-star career. One such glimpse, a snippet from the 1951 TV religious special Hill Number One, has popped up in virtually every Dean retrospective since. Altman's inherent cinematic gifts are evident in the impressionistic "re-enactment" of Dean's fatal auto crash. Narrated by Martin Gabel, The James Dean Story isn't terribly deep, but it's a good shorthand overview of one of the most powerful screen presences of the 1950s. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide



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