To Belong...and be loved

“You’re tearing me apart!”
— Jim Stark

The 50’s seemed so calm and serene even though this movie was about the angst of youth coming from a broken home. America produced the best cars in the world and people drove around in them, eating sundaes at chrome plated diners. To live fast and die young.

There are several motifs showcased in this film. Many of them are still debated today as we continue to struggle with questions that have eluded answer since the dawn of time. Personally, I have always been an advocate of taking action over trying to talk things out.

More than half a century later, James Dean and this film are remembered in a variety of contexts for the powerful unadulterated message and the equally powerful raw imagery used to depict that message. That timelessness is part of James Dean’s and this film’s legacy.