American Cool: REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE
August 18 @ 9:15 pm
American Cool’ is dedicated to examining the pathology of Hollywood’s finest countercultural icons. Whether they’re the neglected souls led astray by the trappings of patriarchy and capitalism or the ostensibly noble ones who benefit from the system, they have one thing in common: they’re a joy to watch.
“An unmissable film, made with a delirious compassion.” – Chicago Reader
“Dean’s finest film, hardly surprisingly in that Ray was one of the great ’50s directors.” – Time Out
A landmark film in Hollywood’s post-war transformation, immortal for James Dean and his performance, and also one of the finest domestic melodramas and teen films that Hollywood has ever made, Rebel Without a Cause is a study in what it means to be yourself in a patriarchal society, and how that society limits the ways in which its victims can conceive of escape.
After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark (James Dean) is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato (Sal Mineo), and falls for local girl Judy (Natalie Wood). However, Judy is the girlfriend of neighborhood tough, Buzz (Corey Allen). When Buzz violently confronts Jim and challenges him to a drag race, the new kid’s real troubles begin.
Dir. Nicholas Ray. 111 min. 1955.
Stick around after the film! Redeem your ticket at the bar for $2 off any drink.