Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean Reviews

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times
July 16, 2013
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.
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
July 16, 2013
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.
Terrence Butcher
PopMatters
July 16, 2013
Matthew Mishory's A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951, some will argue, is a triumph of style over substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Alissa Simon
Variety
January 22, 2013
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.
Jessica Baxter
Film Threat
January 22, 2013
Its beauty is marred whenever it opens its mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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