Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Cinema is probably one of the most famous kinds of art nowadays. It is represented by the variety of different movies. The historical movies, which are shot based on some historical events are extremely popular among the viewers as they are connected with the certain period in history. They are able to evoke so many discussions and critics. The movies, which are devoted to the topic of teenagers, are extremely popular as they give the opportunity to live their life, feel their emotions and see the world from their point of view. Each film is particular in its own way and due to specific technique, it affects the viewers’ mind and opinion. Romantic movies are always interested people by their distinctness and Hollywood has often exploited romantic motifs to attract audience, as this topic is very popular.
The movie under discussion is Rebel Without a Cause. This is, probably, one of the most extraordinary films of the after war period. Extremely romantic and lacerating in its depression, Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause, a self-sufficient portrayal of three isolated teenagers; it is the best film of James Dean and best work. A clenched fist of teenage isolation and cultural disappoint, Rebel Without a Cause asked the unworried state of American society of late 1950s, with the delicacy of a blow to the jaw. A really landmark film, it went where approximately no Hollywood movie had dared, revealing the anger and dissatisfaction beneath the affluence and assurance of the post-war America, focusing on family values stating that cheerfulness was best found in the family's well-appointed suburban house.
The movie is the bright example of life position of the isolated romantic hero, a teenager who cannot find his place in the world. The isolated kids in the movie is a centered theme, they are like angry, wounded animals who denied the very comforts that were considered to make America greater and higher than the rest of the world. The main character is a representative of white teenagers who were rebelling with no cause. Their life was happy, but still the sense of inner dissatisfaction caused different problems with parents and friends. From Plato's careless mother and father to Jim's incompetent parents to Judy's pathologically subdued father, all of the parents presented in the film are demonstrated as people whose conventionality to the beliefs of 1950s culture masks their own dissatisfaction. Therefore, the teenagers in the film are not so much the problem themselves as recipients to those problems created by the older and evidently wiser generation. This is the main reason of the rebel, isolation and loneliness of the main character.
The next important feature of the movie is the demonstration of the individualism of a hero. This feature is peculiar to all the teenagers. Demonstration of such behavior proves that these teenagers are very lonely and the only way out for them is to show their individualism. It was kind of the defense that main character used to prove his ability to cope with the difficulties alone. All of characters are linked together by their problems they all experienced a lack of love and feelings of rejection, and they all undergo difficulties connected with their parents. This kind of behavior was typical for them, as it helped to overcome personal difficulties and remain strong in their surroundings.
Probably, one of the most interesting features of the film is obsession with the death. As we know, the film was released in a few weeks after the death of James Dean that is why the viewers of the Rebel can feel the atmosphere of the sorrow of the death during the whole film. It is not demonstrated directly in the movie, but it can be felt perfectly in the course of the film. This film appeared to be the last in life of the actor that is why it leaves so deep traces in soul of every viewer.