The Making of Rebel Without a Cause

The Making of Rebel Without a Cause

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In 1954, troubled director Nicholas Ray chatted at a dinner party about his controversial plan for a film about middle-class juvenile delinquents. He was told of a book, written by a prison psychologist and owned by Warner Bros., called Rebel Without a Cause. Though he was initially unimpressed, Ray adapted the book into his own screenplay and Warner Bros. hired him to direct what would become a classic. From the backgrounds of the many players to the pre-production, production, and post-production of the film, this complete history recounts every aspect of Rebel Without a Cause from its rudiments to the 1955 Academy Awards: the selection of cast and crew, legal fights, changing screenwriters and the many variations of the story, location scouting, auditions, script readings, difficulties with the censors, romances and fights, the editing, test screenings, and, of course, the death of its star. Dozens of intimate anecdotes, from wardrobe decisions to James Dean's pranks, add rich detail. An epilogue discusses the possible sequels, rights conflicts, documentaries, musicals, and spin-off attempts, and offers concluding words on the cast and crew.Warner Bros. had screened sneak previews at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and several suburban Los Angeles ... Ray introduced Stern to David Weisbart and asked Stern if he would read and evaluate Shulmana#39;s script, just as he hadanbsp;...

Title:The Making of Rebel Without a Cause
Author: Douglas L. Rathgeb
Publisher:McFarland - 2004-09-24

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