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James Dean
     

James Dean

by David Hofstede
 

Though he appeared in only six films, James Dean is still frequently discussed some 30 years after his death in an accident at the age of 24. This book provides full production information, plot synopses, review excerpts, and critical commentary for Dean's roles in Fixed Bayonets (1951), Sailor Beware (1951), Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952),

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Though he appeared in only six films, James Dean is still frequently discussed some 30 years after his death in an accident at the age of 24. This book provides full production information, plot synopses, review excerpts, and critical commentary for Dean's roles in Fixed Bayonets (1951), Sailor Beware (1951), Has Anybody Seen My Gal? (1952), East of Eden (1955), Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and Giant (1956). It also details his stage, radio, and television work, and includes an extensive annotated bibliography.

This comprehensive guide synthesizes the tremendous amount of information available about Dean's life and legacy. Included are chapters on his work in stage, film, radio, and television; entries in each chapter provide production information, plot synopses, review excerpts, and critical commentary about each of his performances. The book also examines his unrealized projects and his survival in various tributes and recordings. An extensive annotated bibliography directs the reader to sources of additional information about Dean's fascinating hold on the American imagination.

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Booknews
Hofstede (author of Audrey Hepburn: A Bio-Bibliography) has compiled a guide to the "Dean phenomena" with the goal of assembling accurate, useful, and impartial information for researchers and film historians. The bibliography includes: a short biography; chronology; list of stage appearances; filmography including cast and credits, synopsis, review summary, and commentary; radio, television, commercial appearances; annotated bibliography of magazine and newspaper articles, and books; awards listing; roles offered to Dean and which he might have played; and stage, film and recording tributes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313294754
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/28/1996
Series:
Bio-Bibliographies in the Performing Arts Series , #71
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

DAVID HOFSTEDE is a free-lance writer. His previous books include Audrey Hepburn: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 1994).

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