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When it was released in 1955, the film "Rebel Without a Cause" had a revolutionary impact on moviemaking and youth culture, virtually giving birth to our concept of the American teenager. For the first time, "Live Fast, Die Young" tells the complete story of the explosive making of "Rebel, " a film that has rocked every generation since its release. Set against a backdrop of the Atomic Age and an old Hollywood studio system on the verge of collapse, it vividly evokes the cataclysmic, immensely influential meeting of four of Hollywood's most passionate artists.
When James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, and director Nicholas Ray converged, each was at a crucial point in his or her career. The young actors were grappling with fame, their burgeoning sexuality, and increasingly reckless behavior. As Ray engaged his cast in physical melees and psychosexual seductions of startling intensity, the on- and off-set relationships between his ambitious young actors ignited, sending a shock wave through the film.
Through interviews with the surviving members of the cast and crew and firsthand access to both personal and studio archives, Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel reveal Rebel's true drama -- the director's affair with sixteen-year-old Wood, his tempestuous "spiritual marriage" with Dean, and his role in awakening the latent homosexuality of Mineo, who would become the first gay teenager to appear on film.
Complete with thirty photographs, including ten never-before-seen photos by famed Dean photographer Dennis Stock, "Live Fast, Die Young" tells the absorbing inside story of an unforgettable and absolutely essential American film -- a story that is, in many ways, as provocative as the film itself.
Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of James Dean's tragic death, this is the definitive story of the American classic, "Rebel Without a Cause." of photos.
Table of Contents
Chapter One Birth of a Rebel
Chapter Two Seducing Dean
Chapter Three Child Star
Chapter Four The Script
Chapter Five Gang Wars
Chapter Six The First Gay Teenager
Chapter Seven Chateau Interlude
Chapter Eight The Red Jacket
Chapter Nine Starting Over
Chapter Ten Meet the Parents
Chapter Eleven A World of Their Own
Chapter Twelve Jim Kisses Plato?
Chapter Thirteen Chickie Run
Chapter Fourteen Last Good-bye
Chapter Fifteen Crash
Chapter Sixteen The Leading Lady
Chapter Seventeen The Erotic Politician
Chapter Eighteen Elegy for a Director
Afterword The Rebel Effect