Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean
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Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean
Fantasy blends with fiction in this ethereal black and white drama set in the 1950s, and following outsider icon James Dean (James Preston) on his rise to fame. Dan Glenn, Robert Gant, Erin Daniels and Edward Singletary co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"Matthew Mishory's A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951, some will argue, is a triumph of style over substance."
‑ Terrence Butcher , PopMatters
"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."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"Its beauty is marred whenever it opens its mouth."
‑ Jessica Baxter, Film Threat
"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."
‑ Richard Knight, Windy City Times
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