TFC Producer’s Film Picks for March 2010

Producer’s Committee Film Picks for March 2010 James Dean passed into legend at age 24, driving his Porsche Spyder into a curve outside Cholame, CA on September 30, 1955. He only completed three feature films.

We will view all of them in our TFC James Dean Tribute.

 DVD picks, all to be screened by the Club:

 EAST OF EDEN (1954) Directed by Elia Kazan @ 115 minutes.

 The film starred James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Jo Van Fleet, Burl Ives, and Albert Dekker. Tagline: “Of what a girl did…what a boy did…of ecstasy and revenge.” Synopsis: This is John Steinbeck’s contemporary retelling of the biblical Cain and Abel saga. Dean in his first starring role, hailed as the New Brando, shares with us a young man’s search for love and acceptance–that defines adolescent angst. Based on the award-winning best seller by Steinbeck, this film won an Oscar for Jo Van Fleet, two awards at Cannes for Elia Kazan, and a Golden Globe as “Best Picture”.

 REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955) Directed by Nicholas Ray @ 111 minutes. 

 The film starred James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, Jim Backus, Nick Adams,Dennis Hopper, and Corey Allen. Synopsis: A troubled teen, new in high school, is alienated both from his parents and his peers. He befriends two outcasts he met at the local police station, and together they form a bond that will endure despite all odds and adventures. Tagline: Teenage terror torn from today’s headlines. This was blockbuster popular when it was released, nominated for three Oscars, and catapulting James Dean to super star status. Ironically and sadly, all three actors died under tragic circumstances.

 GIANT (1956) Directed by George Stevens @ 201 minutes.

 The film starred Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Dennis Hopper, Mercedes McCambrige, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Rod Taylor, Earl Holliman, and Paul Fix. Synopsis: Ambitious sprawling epic about the rising and falling  fortunes to two generations of Texans–that age-old conflict between the aristocracy and the nouvea riche. A hired hand on this cattle empire inherits a small piece of land when one of the family members died, and he discovers oil on the parcel. James Dean as Jett Rink simply walks off with the picture, dominating every scene he was in. He was killed before the film was released. Tagllnes: “Jet Rink was made to get to the top–so he could have the fun of falling all the way down”  “Based on Edna Ferber’s great novel–this legendary epic is as big as Texas.”  “Sometimes any man can be a giant.”

The film was nominated for 10 Oscars. George Stevens won for “Best Director”/

 EAST OF EDEN will screen @ CSL on Friday, March 5, 2010.

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE will screen @ CSL, Friday, March 12, 2010.

GIANT will screen at 924 Broadway on Saturday, March 13, 2010

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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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