Synopsis: A snapshot in time-the film chronicles the story behind the 1955 LIFE magazine photo thread by Dennis Stock of then-rising star, James Dean, and gives us an inside look at some of Hollywood's most iconic images and into the life of a gifted, but troubled man.
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Anton Corbijn
Production: See-Saw Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min


And now, if you dig that

new country blues sound

that's got everyone talking,

don't touch that dial,

'cause here at KFVD Los Angeles,

we've got Lightnin' Hopkins...

with "I'm Wild About You Baby".

Yeah, she made me mad

You don't know, baby,

what I got on my mind

You can't quit me,

there's no need to try

I'm wild about you

I'm wild about you, baby

I'm wild about you, baby

As wild as I can be

Whoo! Been a long time


Good evening.

Uh, Dennis Stock

for Nicholas Ray's party.

Excuse me sir.

Uh, Mr. Ray?


Dennis Stock.

I, uh, I...

I took some, uh,

publicity photos

for you on "Johnny Guitar".

Yeah, Dennis!

Great. Great.

I remember.

So, uh, you on to the next one?


Pretty much casting

"Rebel Without a Cause".

Uh, I'd love to show you the photos

sometime. They turned out pretty great, so...

Um, this is Natalie.

She's my "Rebel" lady.


Uh, nice to meet you.

You having fun?


Come on, honey.

Nice to see you again.

- Enjoy it.

- Thanks.



Hey! Why have you

been dodging my calls?

- Take our photo!

- Excuse me?

Oh, you're the guy

from "Photo Play", right?

Huh... Uh,

"National Geographic", actually.

"Photo Play". Yeah.

Good luck with that.

And er... "The trouble ain't that

there's too many fools,

but that the lightning

ain't distributed right."


That was Mark Twain.

Who do you work for?

I'm kind of a self-assigned

assignment photographer.


That's what you all say.

I create my own assignments

for "Life", "Look",

"Ladies' Home Journal"...

I'm guessing that you're

one of Nick Ray's actors?

Or want to be?

You play the Conga?

Uh, no.


I'm Jimmy.

Uh, Dennis.

Hey, Jimmy!

Oh, hey, Nick.

I got some people

I want to introduce you to.

Yeah, alright.

Alright, yeah.

I, uh, I got a little part

in the new Kazan film.

There's a preview at the Electra

tomorrow morning at 11:00,

if you wanna come.

Yeah, sure.

We could meet at Googies after.


- Come on!

- Yeah, I'm comin'.

I-I-I'm comin'.

You won't get the role

hanging out there.

I'm more like you.

Who is that guy?

How's Adam?

How's your father?

I don't wanna talk about him.

- Oh, you don't, huh?

- No.

Hey, Jim.

God damn, you didn't tell me

you're the star of it

Oh, I don't know about that.

Hey, uh... we should, we should

definitely take some photos.

It was a bit overdone, no?

Not too melodramatic for you?

No! Um it's great.

I mean, maybe throwing the money

to your dad was a bit...

Yeah, I know what you mean.

Believe me, I was there.

But they weren't fake

tears in the end.

No, I'm just kidding.

You're good.

It's Hollywood.

You're doing something else.

It's... it's

not Hollywood.

Scrambled eggs for table 7!

Wow, they let you on set,

you must be well-behaved.

I mean I... I'd rather be doing

my own assignments.

I am one of those

red carpet gorillas.

Yeah, so, what are you ...what are you

going to do with all this talent?

I think I'll just

keep ignoring it.

It's worked so far.

Are you married?

No! No.

My... my ex-wife's in New York.

You got a steady girl?

Nah . No, I'm...

I mean, not one...



What, don't you

read the gossips?

Pier Angeli is currently

making my life a misery.

You got much of a family?

Nah, I just got crazy mom

out in Long Island.


I grew up on a farm in Indiana.

With my aunt and uncle.

So you wanna take some photos?

Oh, I don't know. I'm mean,

I'm planning on going back to New York.

I can come to New York.

Get "Life" to pay.

You wanna go for

a ride on my 'cycle?

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