Live Fast, Die Young: The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without a Cause (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 4, 2005 - Performing Arts - 384 pages
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When it was released in 1955, the film Rebel Without a Cause had a revolutionary impact on moviemaking and youth culture, virtually giving birth to our concept of the American teenager. For the first time, Live Fast, Die Young tells the complete story of the explosive making of Rebel, a film that has rocked every generation since its release. Set against a backdrop of the Atomic Age and an old Hollywood studio system on the verge of collapse, it vividly evokes the cataclysmic, immensely influential meeting of four of Hollywood's most passionate artists.
When James Dean, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, and director Nicholas Ray converged, each was at a crucial point in his or her career. The young actors were grappling with fame, their burgeoning sexuality, and increasingly reckless behavior. As Ray engaged his cast in physical melees and psychosexual seductions of startling intensity, the on- and off-set relationships between his ambitious young actors ignited, sending a shock wave through the film.
Through interviews with the surviving members of the cast and crew and firsthand access to both personal and studio archives, Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel reveal Rebel's true drama -- the director's affair with sixteen-year-old Wood, his tempestuous "spiritual marriage" with Dean, and his role in awakening the latent homosexuality of Mineo, who would become the first gay teenager to appear on film.
Complete with thirty photographs, including ten never-before-seen photos by famed Dean photographer Dennis Stock, Live Fast, Die Young tells the absorbing inside story of an unforgettable and absolutely essential American film -- a story that is, in many ways, as provocative as the film itself.
  

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Review: Live Fast, Die Young: The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without a Cause

User Review  - Tory Stewart - Goodreads

Well researched, fascinating book. The writing was pretty basic but the facts are riveting. Read full review

Review: Live Fast, Die Young: The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without a Cause

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Very detailed and well researched, but at times lurid and tabloid-y, but I guess that is the nature of the beast. It espouses the cult of Nicholas Ray more so than the cult of Dean. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER ONE Birth of a Rebel
1
CHAPTER TWO Seducing Dean
15
CHAPTER THREE Child Star
29
CHAPTER FOUR The Script
42
CHAPTER FIVE Gang Wars
60
CHAPTER SIX The First Gay Teenager
78
CHAPTER SEVEN Chateau Interlude
88
CHAPTER EIGHT The Red Jacket
103
CHAPTER ELEVEN A World of Their Own
153
CHAPTER TWELVE Jim Kisses Plato?
171
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Chickie Run
190
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Last Goodbye
208
CHAPTER FIFTEEN Crash
220
CHAPTER SIXTEEN The Leading Lady
241
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN The Erotic Politician
254
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Elegy for a Director
267

CHAPTER NINE Starting Over
122
CHAPTER TEN Meet the Parents
133
AFTERWORD The Rebel Effect
288
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About the author (2005)

Lawrence Frascella has served as chief movie critic of Us Magazine and theater critic for Entertainment Weekly, as well as an editor at Aperture. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's Bazaar and Rolling Stone.

Al Weisel is a regular contributor to Premiere magazine, a former contributing editor at Us Magazine, and has written for Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Spin, and New York Newsday. He lives in New York City.

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