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{STYLE-WISE} Marlon Brando’s Screen Test for “Rebel Without a Cause” is EVERYTHING!!!

Unveiled is Marlon Brando’s screen test for “Rebel Without a Cause” ; the iconic 1955 film that catapulted James Dean to icon status when the film was released just shortly after his death, making him a tragic martyr to that beloved ‘live fast, die young” attitude that he has come to represent.

Luckily for him, his death made the young boy with glasses a demi-god for being one hell of a misfit. He made it cool to wear jeans, and kept pioneering the t-shirt which had been a style wall knocked down only a few years earlier by the other (original?) bad boy rebel of Hollywood.

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The man whom James Dean probably looked up to….

After all, Brando had broken onto the scene first on Broadway as Elia Kazan’s wunderkind playing  the ravenously macho Stanley Kowalski  in Tennessee William‘s “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1947. Four years later he would revive the role for the movies, and broke new grounds in the fields of style, as more men adapted wearing their white undershirt alone as influenced by Marlon Brando’s portrayal on the screen.

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JAMES DEAN on the set of rebel

Appropriate then that Dean’s character Jim Stark would be in the know about these type of style choices. Those guys knew he was cool – they just had to test him.

Interestingly this is not the only collision between the two American legends, as Marlon Brando, himself, was appropriately cast for the lead role of this curious new film by Nicholas Ray.

After all, Marlon Brando was THE rebel of Hollywood. Not only was Stanley a staggering symbol for a delinquency from polite society, but don’t forget he also was “The Wild One“.

The studios must have been pushing for him. Johnny had got it done before, and that’s how the Hollywood system (still) likes to do things. If it’s a safe bet – it’s THE bet. A guy’s already got a persona as the rebel and the film is called “Rebel Without a Cause” (actually, in it’s working stages it was titled “Days of Being Wild” which Wong Kar Wai appropriated for his 1991 film)

But, luckily things didn’t work out that way for all of us, because James Dean really brought something special to that role, that no other actor could give.

He does that mumbling thing and is always looking down, pouting his lips, and squinting his eyes. His hair is effortless. He rocks those Levis Jeans.  He turned the rebel into an introvert, not some hot-shot tough guy who always likes to start fights (like Stanley or Johnny of “The Wild One”), but is actually a fragile romantic. A poet, really, who can’t see life the way everyone else around him has it planned.

This notion is utterly true to life, I think, and that’s why he has left such an impact on the world.

 

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Brando is surprisingly clean cut in his screen test, and it makes you wonder just what he would have brought to the table. . . somewhere in a different dimension, on another plane, this version exists. I hope one day we get to see it. Watch the video below, and let us know your thoughts!

You can be your own rebel without a cause, by simply being yourself!

Amplify it, and don’t be led by the status quo.

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There are Giants in the Sky (and in the Middle of My Small Town…Twerking Like They Did in the 60s)

 

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So they didn’t twerk in the 60s, but the dance moves in this 1960s B-Movie cult classic, “Village of the Giants“, was more than risqué and still delivers on undoubted sex appeal.

We can’t help but love the attention the camera pays to the beautiful natural curves and flesh of the actors who really know how to jiggle their juices. It’s cool to see how in 1965, a small flick like this can in many ways be more sexually tempting and stimulating than the in-your-face provocations of today’s movie and music video scene. It’s so simple…and sometimes that is all it takes!

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See them burst out their clothes, and terrorize a town!

(I’m in . . .)

There’s a real ‘edginess’, as we say these days, to it all, and the music is great too. Leave it to misfits teens to make everything fun . . .

When a group of rebel misfits get their hands on “goo”, a mysterious compound that makes every GIANT, who didn’t see some wild dance parties starting? Even in the middle of perfect All-American Hainesville, where ducks roam the sidewalks and white picket fences are for everyone, you can’t stop a gang of rebellious teens from having fun, ESPECIALLY when they are fifty feet tall (give or take).

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 50 years since this film hit the screen for the first time, but it is still remembered as a cult classic with notable special effects for its time, and undoubted sex appeal.

Full of exuberant and fresh classic styles, and plenty of 1960s psychedelic fun!

Get ready to dance with the giants . . .

JUST THINKING….

On the subject of rebel misfit teens: How cool would ‘The Bling Ring‘ have been if they were just giants?!

Imagine  . . .

Oh, dancing . . .

Until next time!

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