Bow Tie Cinemas at the Harbour Center continues its March weekly "Cine Classic" film series with director Nicholas Ray's 1955 hit, Rebel Without A Cause. The movie examines the miseries of alienated, middle class teenagers during the Eisenhower era.
Famous for launching James Dean to super stardom, (it was released a month after his death in a car crash at the age of 24) the film is an intense and sometimes overly earnest look at the trials of adolescents yearning for "honesty and authenticity" within what they perceive are the hypocritical, conformist values of post-war America.
The film also advanced the careers of Natalie Wood (in her first "adult" film role) and Sal Mineo. It became the template for a genre of adolescent rebellion and teen angst movies of the 1950s and 60s. It is Dean, however, who gives the movie its classic status with an iconic performance, still shocking and fresh 60 years later.
On Saturday March 16, starting at 10:30 a.m., I'll give a 25 minute talk before the film featuring information about its production and importance in American cinema.
Admission is $5.50 ($4.50 with a Bow Tie free Criterion Club card which can be obtained online at Bow Tie's website or at the theater.)
Be sure to check Bow Tie Harbour 9's website for the complete list of weekend Cine Classic films scheduled for March and April.
I'll be doing presentations, beginning at 10:30 a.m., for each film at its Saturday screening.
Hope to see lots of fellow Annapolis Movie Club members Saturday mornings at Bow Tie Harbour 9.