Rebel Without a Cause
By Jay Carr
“The A List: The National Society of Film Critics’ 100 Essential Films,” 2002
Columbia had “The Wild One.” MGM had “The Blackboard Jungle.” Warner Bros had owned the rights to Dr. Robert M. Lindner’s “Rebel Without a Cause” since 1946, tested Marlon Brando in 1947, then tabled it when they couldn’t sign him. It was revived for a young actor named James Dean. More than revived. During the shoot, when “East of Eden” was released and Dean be-came an overnight star, studio head jack Warner ordered the black-and-white filming to cease and told Ray to start all over again, using color. Dean exchanged his black leather jacket for a red nylon windbreaker and never looked back as “Rebel With-out a Cause” was promoted to the A-list. What nobody foresaw was that this modestly begun film would define a new genre, tap the zeitgeist, and be instrumental in opening the floodgates of the 1960s.
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Unlike most so-called juvenile delinquency films, “Rebel Without a Cause” spends almost no time in high school. Its framing planetarium scenes seem intended to impart a cosmic dimension to the film. Certain there’s ironic intent in the high schoolers early on being forced to sit through an astronomer’s lecture on the order of the universe. What transpires on the planetarium steps at the end speaks of a fundamental disorder of the universe. It was no accident that a trench coated planetarium staffer entering the scene as everybody else is leaving is Ray, putting his seal on the moral chaos that makes a mockery of any idea of an ordered universe.
Although “Rebel Without a Cause” takes its name from Lindner’s serious book about a psychiatric case study, it took nothing else from Lindner. To a postwar America shook up by the fact that things didn’t return to a complacent acceptance of traditional societal roles, jolted instead by an attack on the very legitimacy of adult authority, “Rebel Without a Cause” was rightly perceived as a threat to an already shaky structure. Father didn’t know best. Faster wasn’t even up to behaving as a father, protecting his son and leading him into adulthood. The message Jim Start was receiving up from the hypocritical. Anaesthetized adult world was that Jim and those like him were on their own. “Rebel Without a Cause” is an indictment of adult abdication. The film’s only adult capable of showing understanding (a juvenile copy also significantly named Ray) isn’t there when Jim needs him and goes looking for him in the precinct house.
Jim’s opening scene, in which he’s seen drunk, cradling a toy monkey, in an obvious reversion to an infantile state, was improvised. It’s one end of the arc described by the film. At the end, following Jim’s futile attempt to save Plato’s life, Jim’s father tells him: “You did everything a man could.” Without help from his own father, or any of the other dysfunctional mentor and authority figures in his world, Jim has undergone a rite of passage, growing in one night from frightened child to authentic adult. Rebel Without a Cause, an allegory of growth and the painfulness of growth, transcends its own lurid excesses and now-dated topicality to stand as the kind of big pop myth that defines the Hollywood studio movie at its most potent.
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The Frozen Rose
There froze the frozen rose
Where heroes go to chosen lows.
As sleepy does doze in rows
The antler show just grows and grows
In deeper lies a hidden pond
Where cooler fawns will all abscond.
Full of laughs but not one bond,
Yearns one alone for one more fond.
A rose is carried by this deer
Who slowly brings it full of fear
But knowing that he must be clear
On why on earth he's even here
But they ignore with quiet screams
Reminding him of old bad dreams.
Always unsure and so he deems
That nothing true is what it seems.
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