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A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951

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Matthew Mishory

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About the Movie

A fearless, intimate portrait of a young James Dean on the cusp of becoming both a great actor and an outsider icon. It blends biographical and fictionalized elements to present pivotal moments in his short yet remarkable life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 5
  • Fresh: 3
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A prologue featuring French poet Rimbaud underlines Mishory's vision of the American actor as part of a line of iconoclastic artists. But his pre-fame Dean seems more sullen brat than talented maverick. – Alissa Simon, Variety, Jul 16, 2013

Fresh: The movie is art and borders on art-film pretentiousness here and there, but there's no question that it's also mesmerizing and sexy. – David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 16, 2013

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Customer Reviews

One of the year's best films

This festival gem is exquisitely made, utterly surprising, and well-worth a look. One of my favorite flicks of the year.

Beautiful, engrossing and sexy.

Honestly, this is one of the most beautiful and engaging biopics I've seen.

Gorgeous cinematography, great performances and stylish mid-century backdrop make this a great watch.

The movie plays with the James Dean mythology in a really interesting way. You get to know watch the struggling young actor 'discover' the persona of James Dean - as he struggles with his own romantic conflicts.

I'd definitely see if you like modern period pieces (Mad Men, etc) and appreciate stylish indie films.

Transcendant Filmmaking.

An excellent, beautiful film - start to finish. It's a meditation on not james Dean himself, but the idea of that person, as filtered through time and culture.

A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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