The revolutionary film Rebel Without a Cause has had a profound impact on both moviemaking and youth culture -- not only upon its 1955 release but on generations since.
In Live Fast, Die Young
, the complete story behind this groundbreaking film is revealed, vividly evoking the cataclysmic meeting of actors James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo and director Nicholas Ray -- all at crucial points in their careers as they grappled with fame, burgeoning sexuality, and increasingly reckless behavior.
Through interviews with surviving members of the cast and crew and firsthand access to both personal and studio archives, Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel depict the explosive making of Rebel Without a Cause
, complete with never-before-seen photos by famed Dean photographer Dennis Stock. A fascinating look behind the scenes of an unforgettable American film, Live Fast, Die Young
tells a story that is as provocative as the film itself.Author:
Lawrence Frascella, Al WeiselPublisher:
9.08h x 5.96w x 0.98dISBN:
9780743296182Review Citation(s): New York Times
01/07/2007 pg. 28
About the AuthorAl Weisel
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.
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.