Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean
Sunday, Jun 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
(6:00 PM Doors)
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
Joshua Tree, 1951 is an intimate portrait of James Dean on the cusp of achieving notoriety. The film starts with Dean driving through the desert together with his roommate -- a struggling actor whom Jimmy has sought out for his friendship -- and Violet, a would-be starlet. Soon, a series of illuminating confrontations changes their lives forever. Part portrait of the artist as a young man, part love story, part exploration of the postwar Hollywood machine, Joshua Tree, 1951 presents a seldom-seen side of James Dean. Aware of his own potential to be legendary, he’s at once childlike and world-weary, an intellectual and an Indiana farm boy. This honest exploration of Dean’s complicated sexuality and formative relationships redefines him for a new generation. James Preston plays Jimmy Dean; Matthew Mishory directs. The glorious 35mm black-and-white cinematography, with its super-8 color accents, channels classic midcentury Hollywood glamour.
USA 2012, 92 min. / Not rated