James Dean returns to the cinema

16 Apr 2014

3 mins
Rebel Without A Cause
Rebel Without A Cause

The films of Hollywood's most enigmatic screen presences will be introduced to new audiences this month as the BFI launch three newly restored James Dean classics.

Between April 18 and May 1 BFI Southbank will play host to East Of Eden, Giant and, his most iconic role, Rebel Without A Cause. These films not only capture significant moments in film history, they also show an actor whose intensity and magnetism has been rarely matched.

What's particularly interesting about these films is that they focused on young people and adolescence, helping pave the way for a whole new kind of cinema - the "teen movie". Joe Ursell, Film Programming Assistant at Into Film, adds that this was a time when "the term 'teenager' was a relatively new concept".

Unsurprisingly, Joe sees Dean's influence in many of today's actors:

"He has influenced many young actors of future generations including Leonardo DiCaprio, James Franco and Dane Dehaan. Dean is now recognised as a symbol for any young person experiencing an identity crisis, and this season is a tremendous opportunity for audiences of today to discover what an extraordinary actor Dean was, and learn about a movie star whose influence continues to transcend cinema into the wider cultural sphere."

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