THE 3 FACES OF DEAN

No actor in Hollywood history so effectively became an American icon in such a brief career as James Dean. Dean burned bright, with only three credited roles--but what roles they were, three classics before his untimely death at age 24 in a car crash. This kid from Indiana began in television before he was joined the famed Actors' Studio and studied method acting with the great Lee Strasburg, and from there his career began to take off. Actors' Studio director Elia Kazan, famous for working with Brando, cast Dean in East of Eden, and his stardom was assured. But Dean caught lightning in his next role, starring in Rebel Without A Cause, becoming the face of disaffected youth in a role that would mesmerize people, and especially teenagers, forever. The Heights is proud to present these three very different films, including George Stevens' Giant, that make up the legend of James Dean in Hollywood. Do not miss these rare screenings.

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE

July 11, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Starting at a new high school, and feeling betrayed by his combative parents, teenager Jim Stark (Dean) tries desperately to fit in. Soon, he becomes a father figure and mentor to bullied Plato (Sal Mineo) and new boyfriend to Judy (Natalie Wood) the misunderstood girlfriend of the leader of a gang. But its plot is less about specifics and more about the anguish of being a teenager, and Dean's emotionally charged performance has made this a classic for the ages.

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EAST OF EDEN

July 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Focusing on the second half of John Steinbeck's sprawling novel of the same name, director Elia Kazan took the Cain and Abel tale and made it into a searing look at a young man desperate to win his father's affection. In Southern California, young Cal (Dean) is a wayward young man, trying to find his place not only in the world, but in his father's heart. His father, Adam (Raymond Massey), raised the kids on his own and has always told both sons that their mother is dead. But Cal finds her very much alive, and with a very different tale of how the marriage dissolved. An epic film about family, community, and even the devastation of World War I, East of Eden should not be missed on the big screen.

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.


GIANT

July 25, 2019, 7 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

A rollicking adventure as big as Texas itself, George Stevens' Giant features Dean in a much smaller, though equally potent, role, as Jett Rink, a poor handyman living in the shadow of the Benedict clan. Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor are the heads of the Benedict family, wealthy ranchers who try and cope with the changes wrought by a younger generation and by the new industry taking over Texas: oil. Sadly, Dean was killed in a car accident during filming and his role diminished. Nonetheless, Giant is a supreme melodramatic entertainment, great for the Heights' big screen.

DCP courtesy Warner Bros.