Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Terrence Butcher

Matthew Mishory's A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951, some will argue, is a triumph of style over substance.

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Alissa Simon

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.

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Jessica Baxter
Film Threat

Its beauty is marred whenever it opens its mouth.

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A portrait of pre-fame James Dean as a poetry-quoting bisexual gigolo who dabbles in S&M. Beautifully shot but badly acted, this is celebrity necrophilia… More