Rebel Without a Cause

(Nicholas Ray, 1955). Ray caught the timeless qualities of frustrated adolescence and proved himself a master in the CinemaScope format in this directorial triumph, still a powerful film today, and the best of the youth movies of its period. James Dean's performance as Jim Stark, supercharged, but with an undercurrent of sweetness, is the finest of his sadly short career.
Wed., Aug. 19, 4 p.m., 2009

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