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Long Beach Cinémathèque is proud to present its first week-long theatrical run of a contemporary independent film –- writer/director Matthew Mishory’s visionary work-of-art, A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN (AKA Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean).
A fearless, intimate portrait of James Dean on the cusp of becoming both a great actor and an outsider icon, A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN is set in the early 1950s and focuses on Dean’s experiences as a rising star in Los Angeles. Aware of his own potential to be legendary, he is at once childlike and world-weary; acerbic and a romantic; an unrestrained playboy, and a man of great sensitivity.
Part portrait of a great artist as a young man, part love story, and part exploration of the postwar Hollywood machine, the film presents a side of James Dean seldom glimpsed. An unflinching and honest exploration of Dean’s complicated sexuality and formative relationships, A PORTRAIT OF JAMES DEAN redefines a legend for a new generation.
We are pleased to welcome writer/director Matthew Mishory, co-star/producer Edward Singletary, Jr., producer Robert Zimmer, Jr., and the cast and crew of the film to our opening night screening, Wednesday, December 12 at 7pm. Tickets are now available at the Art Theatre box office, or online by clicking here: http://tinyurl.com/dean-premiere. Join us on opening night as we welcome these talented filmmakers to share their experiences making the film and researching one of Hollywood’s most legendary rebels!
If you cannot join us on the 12th, we are pleased to offer six more opportunities to see this new film: the film will screen daily at the Art through December 18 - for info and tickets, visit http://lbcinema.org/.
Cinematheque Members – show you card at the Art Theatre box office and save $2 per ticket! (Not valid on Sunday, December 16, when all tickets will already be at a discounted matinee $7 price.)
Read Sander Wolff's Long Beach Post interview with director Matthew Mishory here: http://www.lbpost.com/life/2000001474-matthew-mishory-creates-a-portrait-of-james-dean.
- Praise for A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951 -
LA Weekly Review: http://www.voiceplaces.com/joshua-tree-1951-a-portrait-of-james-dean-los-angeles-1937647-e/
“The movie is art! Mesmerizing and sexy!”
– Dave Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
“A dreamy meditation on [the] Hollywood icon.”
– Steve Rose, The Guardian
“A stylized, intriguing film about James Dean before he becomes a major movie star.”
– Patrick McDonald, LA Weekly
“Joshua Tree, 1951 deviates from straight documentary into an artful interpretation of Dean’s pre-fame life—this portrait dramatizes it with panache.”
– Dave Segal, The Seattle Stranger
“Nothing short of stunning! Seeing Dean through the eyes of [Matthew] Mishory, himself clearly a young talent worthy of our attention, is a joyful experience.”
– Kareem Tahsch, Miami New Times
“Joshua Tree, 1951 redefines James Dean for a new generation!”
– Sophie Challen, ScreenSlam.com
“Be prepared to swoon. Shot in glorious black-and-white, this might be Outfest 2012’s most ravishing film…[it] is also one of the most compelling films in this year’s lineup. A breathtaking look at a little-known period in the actor’s life.”
– Jeremy Kinser, The Advocate
“A visually stunning, meditative film steeped in the classics.”
– MovieMaker Magazine
- Festival Highlights -
2012 Seattle International Film Festival (World Premiere)
2012 Transylvania International Film Festival (European Premiere)
2012 FRAMELINE Film Festival (Castro Theatre)
2012 OUTFEST Film Festival (Five in Focus)
2012 Festival do Rio / Rio International Film Festival (South American Premiere)
2012 Flanders International Film Festival Ghent
2012 Reykjavik International Film Festival
2013 !f Istanbul International Film Festival
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