Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (2012)

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Fantasy blends with fiction in this ethereal black and white drama set in the 1950s, and following outsider icon James Dean (James Preston) on his rise to fame. Dan Glenn, Robert Gant, Erin Daniels and Edward Singletary co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Gay & Lesbian
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Written By: Matthew Mishory
On DVD: Jun 4, 2013
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Critic Reviews for Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

The movie is art and borders on art-film pretentiousness here and there, but there's no question that it's also mesmerizing and sexy.

Full Review… | July 16, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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A prologue featuring French poet Rimbaud underlines Mishory's vision of the American actor as part of a line of iconoclastic artists. But his pre-fame Dean seems more sullen brat than talented maverick.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Variety
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Mishory's film walks the same forlorn street as that of Bruce Weber's 1988 Chet Baker documentary, Let's Get Lost, and shares its palpable fascination for an iconic individual cursed by both beauty and artistic genius.

Full Review… | July 16, 2013
Windy City Times

Matthew Mishory's A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951, some will argue, is a triumph of style over substance.

Full Review… | July 16, 2013

Its beauty is marred whenever it opens its mouth.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean

½

A portrait of pre-fame James Dean as a poetry-quoting bisexual gigolo who dabbles in S&M. Beautifully shot but badly acted, this is celebrity necrophilia dressed up in the shroud of Art.

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