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Rebellious Hwood Romantics Brunch/Nick Ray, James Dean, John Cassavetes, Etc.

  • Fat Cat

    4840 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL (map)

    41.969621 -87.660387

  • Come celebrate a Dysfunctional Family Christmas with a discussion of several masters of post-WW2 American cinematic poetry. Frank Borzage (the man on the left of the Oscar on our home page) is my surrogate movie great-grandpa, the patriarch of the squabbling and tormented movie clan of my dreams, but we've already covered him in a Meetup. My surrogate Grandpa Nick Ray, my surrogate Dad John Cassavetes, my surrogate Uncle James Dean, my surrogate Aunt Natalie Wood, my brilliant and under appreciated Great Aunt Barbara Loden, her fitfully tender but emotionally abusive husband my Great Uncle Elia Kazan and any other imaginary Hollywood dysfunctional relatives who specialize in post-WW2 naturalistic romanticism have an open invitation to our discussion party. A-list Nick Ray movie recommendations:
    They Live by Night (1949)
    In a Lonely Place (1950)
    On Dangerous Ground (1952)
    Johnny Guitar (1954)
    Rebel without a Cause (1955)
    Bigger than Life (1956)
    Bitter Victory (1957)
    Wind across the Everglades (1958)
    King of Kings (1961)
    55 Days at Peking (1963)

    James Dean leading roles in feature-length films:
    East of Eden (1955)
    Rebel...(1955)
    Giant (1956)

    A-list John Cassavetes recommendations as director/auteur:
    Shadows (1959)
    Too Late Blues (1961)
    Faces (1968)
    Husbands (1970)
    Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
    A Woman under the Influence (1974)
    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
    Opening Night (1977)
    Love Streams (1984)

    A-list Cassavetes film work as an actor for other directors:
    Crime in the Streets (1956)
    Edge of the City (1957)
    The Killers (1964)
    The Dirty Dozen (1967)
    Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    Mikey and Nicky (1976)
    Tempest (1982)
    Marvin & Tige (1983)

    A-list Natalie Wood film work in leads:
    Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
    Rebel...(1955)
    West Side Story (1961)
    Splendor in the Grass (1961)
    Gypsy (1962)
    Love with the Proper Stranger (1963)
    Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
    Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
    This Property Is Condemned (1966)
    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
    Brainstorm (1983)

    Dean (many groundbreaking early 1950's TV dramas), Cassavettes (Johnny Staccato, others) and Wood (From Here to Eternity, others) also did a lot of great and historically crucial work in television...

    Barbara Loden's feature film Wanda (1970) is a connective tissue in the historical narrative involving the above artists, their collaborators and their worldview. In either the pre-Code or the Third Wave feminist era, she would have enjoyed a stellar career as an actor, director and auteur in her own right. Wanda's her only picture as a director, but it's arguably the best of them all and she gets the imaginary honors of directing the imaginary home movie of this dysfunctional Hollywood holiday celebration--and if Kazan doesn't like that decision, Joe Biden and I will meet him behind the gym and carefully explain to him he doesn't merit his own Meetup or list of recommendations.

    Merry holidays and thank you all, Brad and Al in particular, for making this group such an enjoyable and thriving community!

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  • Jimmy O.
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    Cinema's my favorite art form since it combines many different great art forms, as well as... more

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    I went mad for movies after seeing La Dolce Vita in the early 70's. Never been the... more

  • Renée

    Love film.

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    I've always been a movie buff and enjoy spirited film discussion almost as much as seeing them.... more

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