James Dean made three movies. They were good. He was good. And then he died and became a legend. Immortal. A symbol for a whole generation.
What if he had lived? What if he had lived and his fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh movies had been terrible?
No one would remember his name today.
“Rebel Without a Cause” was the Friday night movie on channel 1. They don’t have any money because, being public broadcasting, they’re not allowed to have advertisements and they have a strong union. There’s a mandatory fee that everyone has to pay that keeps them going, but I think only Bish and I pay it. And so - “Rebel Without a Cause” (which again, I think only Bish and I watched) and an opportunity for some deep thinking about the meaning of immortality.