Review of Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Moving picture, 111 minutes

A 24-year-old teenager has been traumatized by his father’s tragic unwillingness to beat the spouse. His excess angst is expressed as a cute quirky smoldering phobia of chicken identification, but can be alleviated in the attempt to save an equally angsting early gay guy.

A major title in the first wave of films about new developments in 1950s youth culture, made in the actual 1950s but no more realistic for it. Also one of three films underpinning the fame of James Dean. With younger actors and some vérité it could have been wonderful.

References here: King Creole (1958).

moving picture fiction