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Amounts to more as legend and for historic significance than to enjoy watching now
on 18 March 2016
‘Rebel without a Cause’ is a great name for a story. This film is important in the history of cinema.
Trouble is, and I can only give my personal reaction, except possibly for some viewers of the feminine tendency who find James Dean attractive (nothing wrong with that) despite some dramatic scenes, as a whole ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ now amounts to more as legend and for historic significance than just to enjoy watching.
The death of its young star James Dean in a road accident before the film was released created a romantic legend. It is also important as one of the first films to deal with the subject of “teenagers” as a distinct group with their own sometimes rebellious and delinquent behaviours.
It also features Natalie Wood, a good actress who also died before her time some years later, in controversial circumstances.
However, guidelines for Amazon star ratings do not mention a film’s “Importance in the History of Cinema” but just whether we like it. Overall, I cannot say I really liked this.