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50th Anniversary of James Dean's Death Marked by Two Films at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Sept. 22, 2005

James Dean Story posterEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire film program will mark the 50th anniversary of the death of James Dean with a double feature Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Nicholas Ray's 1955 screen classic "Rebel Without a Cause" will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, followed by the 1957 documentary "The James Dean Story" at 8:30 p.m.

A drama set in a conformist mid-Fifties America, "Rebel Without a Cause" features a legendary performance by James Dean as a young man alienated from the adult world and even from most of his peers. The film examines the inarticulate rage and frustration of three teenagers that erupts in violence and tragedy. Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood costar in the 111-minute film, rated PG-13 for violence and thematic elements.

"The James Dean Story" is an 81-minute documentary directed by Robert Altman and George W. George, undertaken shortly after Dean's death in a car accident Sept. 30, 1955. A portrait of the actor's short life, the film includes outtakes from films such as "East of Eden" and interviews with family members, friends, and acquaintances. The black-and-white film is not rated.

Admission for each film is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center, (715) 836-3727, in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door. The films are sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.

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