REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
$7 Member $12.50 Regular
Directed by NICHOLAS RAY
Starring JAMES DEAN
NEW 4K RESTORATION
(1955) “You’re tearin’ me apart!” wails Dean to his apron-clad dad, and a generation of frustrated Eisenhower-era teens chimed in. Nearly 60 years later, the icon of tormented youth Dean incarnated is more potent than ever, perhaps because, unlike the leather-clad punks of more exploitive 50s j.d. flicks, Rebel’s trio of maladjusted high-schoolers (Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo) are suburban every-kids, the poignancy of their performances now heightened by the real-life violent deaths that would later befall all three. Director Nick Ray’s fable of adolescent angst is heightened by a garish CinemaScope palette, a touch of the Tragic Unities (the action unfolds within 24 hours), and, in the celebrated planetarium scene, the elevation of teen torment to the cosmic plane. Approx. 111 min. DCP.
For this 4K restoration, Warner Bros. scanned the original CinemaScope negative at 8K resolution and reconstructed the soundtrack from original release prints. Warner Bros. has restored Rebel Without a Cause in association with The Film Foundation, with additional funding from Gucci.
“AN UNMISSABLE FILM, MADE WITH A DELIRIOUS COMPASSION.”
– Dave Kehr
“Breathes haltingly, with adolescent lungs, unable, like so much in Ray, to contain itself under the pressure of the encroaching world.”
– Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
“Rebel is, superficially at least, a social-problem melodrama grounded in contemporary concerns about juvenile delinquency. But handwringing sociological diagnoses are really the last thing on its mind, and the rebellion the film dramatizes is more metaphysical — or, to use a fashionable word of the period, existential — than anything else. The rage of Jim Stark, as embodied by James Dean, is out of all proportion to Jim’s circumstances, and the excessive, irrational force of this passion is Ray’s great subject and his signature.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times