James Dean Was like a "Shooting Star" when he appeared by the gates of Hollywood. Though he had a very short career, his great acting talents enabled him to make his mark in films. Major roles in East of Eden
, Rebel Without A Cause
, along with a violent death and highly publicized fineral transformed him into a cult idol of timeless fascination. This two-pack DVD set shows off the talents of the great actors of the 1950s, James Dean.
The James Dean Story (USA, 1957, 80 mins, B&W): A brilliant documentary directed by Robert Altman and narrated by Martin Gabel. Includes clips from Dean's three starring pictures (East of Eden, Rebel Without A Cause and Giant), with tantalizing glimpses of his pre-star career. Altman's cinematic gifts are evident in the impressionistic re-enactment of Dean's fatal auto crash. A good overview of the life of one of the most powerful screen presences of the 1950s.
James Dean(USA, 1975, 99 mins., Color): This made-for-TV biography, based on the memoirs of one-time James Dean roommate William Bast, Stars Stephen McHattie in the role of the Hollywood rebel.
Hill Number One (USA, 1951, 57 mins., B&W): Originally an episode of the TV religious anthology "Family Theatre." Father Patrick Peyton Host this star-studded Easter special. The story of Resurrection is told in flashback form at a contemporary fmaily gathering. The impressive cast includes Roddy McDowell, Michael Ansara, Leif Erickson, and Ruth Hussey. What Makes this film truly special is the early appearance by James Dean, who delivers an earnest, non-mumbling performance as the apostle John. Dean's brief scenes have since been excerpted into many TV documentaries devoted to the actor's career.
I Am A Fool (USA, 1954, 25 mins., B&W): Originally aired live as an episode of the CBS anthology "General Electric Theater" and narrated by Eddie Albert. A young country boy (Dean) falls in love with that town's prettiest gal, Lucy (Natalie Wood). Aware that Lucy is already being courted by the rich kids in town, the boy tries to impress the girl by pretneding to be something he's not. Only when it is too late does he realize that he would been far better off simply being himself.
The Bells of Cockaigne (USA, 1953, 30 mins., B&W): A cruel and ruthless bandit kills a tavern owner who had ratted him out to the authorities. San Wallbush witnesses the murder as well as the murder of his brother who happens to get in the way of the bandit. Sam swears revenge and sets out for vengeance.