Rebel without a Cause (1955)

James Dean plays a troubled young man with much to prove in this iconic film.

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Ray’s eloquent use of architectural space in his epochal account of middle-class teenage angst reminds us that he’d studied under Frank Lloyd Wright.

Their painful paths first crossing in a police station, Jim, Judy and Plato form a surrogate family at a deserted mansion, while Griffith Park’s Observatory puts their problems into perspective with a lesson about the unfeeling enormity of time and space.

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