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Unformatted text preview: According to information in the film's file in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the Breen office had many concerns about the film. In letters to studio head Jack L. Warner, the censors warned against the general brutality of the delinquent teenagers, the latent homosexuality of Plato, hints of sexual activity between Jim and Judy in the mansion sequence, the inference of the idea of incest in the relationship between Judy and her father, and Judy's promiscuity, which was more pronounced in an earlier version of the script in which she was brought to the police station for soliciting. Modern sources state that the script continued to change. In one version, Plato did not die. The sex and violence were, in some cases, minimized. Modern interviews with actors and crew from the film reveal that, after shooting commenced, Ray allowed Dean to make improvisatory changes to his lines on the set. Rebel Without a Cause soon developed the reputation as being the first film to tackle problems of middle-class youth, but when it opened, the impact of its violence and sexuality shocked some reviewers into mixed, albeit strong, criticism. Some reviews found the development of the parental characters weak or unfair. The film marked Wood's first adult role, and one for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, losing to Jo Van Fleet in East of Eden . Mineo, whose role is considered by critics the first instance of a homosexual boy on film, was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, but lost to Jack Lemmon in Mister Roberts . Ray was nominated for Best Motion Picture Story, but lost to Daniel Fuchs's Love Me or Leave Me . In 1998, Rebel Without a Cause was rated fifty-nine in AFI's list of the 100 greatest movies of the century. Partly due to the way Warner Bros. advertised Rebel Without a Cause after his death, Dean's name became synonymous with the film and the rebel teenager. His line in the film, "You're tearing me apart," the epitome of teenage anguish, still has impact and is often parodied. Into the twenty-first century, Dean remains an icon of rebellious youth and the story of "Jimmy Dean's" short life is frequently examined in film documentaries. Title: Rebel Without a Cause Director: Nicholas Ray Year: 1955 Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Country: United States Source: American Film Institute Catalog URL: http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?ctx_ver=Z39.88- 2003&xri:pqil:res_ver=0.2&res_id=xri:afi&rft_id=xri:afi:film:51633 http://afi.chadwyck.com/film/full_rec?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/04/2009 for the course CTCS 18000 taught by Professor Casper during the Fall '09 term at USC.
- Fall '09
- The American, High culture, American film