Christopher Gair

in The American Counterculture

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780748619887
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671137 | DOI:

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This chapter commences with a reading of Fred Zimmermann’s High Noon (1952) assessing the relationship between Hollywood and Cold War ideologies. It then looks at the significance of countercultural movie icons, James Dean and Marlon Brando, and looks closely at Rebel Without a Cause, The Wild One and The Blackboard Jungle. The chapter concludes by assessing the significance of films by Robert Frank and John Cassavetes and stresses the marginal status of the artist in 1950s America.

Keywords: Hollywood; James Dean; Marlon Brando; Jonas Mekas; Julenile Delinquency

Chapter.  8493 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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