Coming of Age Tales Spotlighted on Reel 13 In November on THIRTEEN
Cultural icon of teenage disillusionment James Dean featured this month in two of his major roles
Coming of age stories are presented among November’s Reel 13 offerings. These themes are explored in both Reel13 Classic and Reel13 Indie films this month.
From his ascent to the throne as a young child, imprisonment and political rehabilitation, the life of China’s last emperor is detailed in The Last Emperor on November 9. Then, often cited as the ultimate tale of teenage rebellion, legendary actor James Dean stars as Jim Stark in Rebel Without A Cause on November 16. On November 23, Diggers depicts the lives of four working-class friends growing up on Long Island.
Later in the month, Dean also appears in the final film of his tragically short career, Giant, on Reel 13 Classics on November 23. Dean appeared alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson, in an impressive age-spanning role, after his his back-to-back roles as a troubled teen in Rebel and East of Eden.
Every Saturday night beginning at 9 p.m., viewers can catch a Classic hosted by film historian Neal Gabler, followed by an Indie, hosted by Richard Peña. The evening concludes with a Short selected by visitors to Reel13.org who vote for their favorite of three shorts every week.
“Hawaii” (1966) Dir: George Roy Hill
A New England missionary (Max von Sydow) and his bride (Julie Andrews) bring Christianity to 1820s Hawaii. With Richard Harris and Gene Hackman.
“Between Notes” (2010) Dir: Christopher Grissom
A depressed musician develops a unique relationship with a girl who changes his perspective on life. With David Ramirez, Brandi Price and Summer Ames.
“The Last Emperor” (1987) Dir: Bernardo Bertolucci
The story of Pu Yi, the last emperor of China. With John Lone, Joan Chen and Peter O’Toole.
“Broken English” (2007) Dir: Zoe R. Cassavetes
After a series of disastrous dates, a woman who is alone, with a dead-end job and an overbearing mother, meets a quirky Frenchman, who changes her outlook on life. With Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud, Gena Rowlands, Drea de Matteo and Justin Theroux.
“Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) Dir: Nicholas Ray
A troubled and rebellious teenager moves to a new suburban town where he finds friends and enemies. With James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo.
“The Great Buck Howard” (2008) Dir: Sean McGinly
John Malkovich as a washed-up mentalist poised to make a comeback, with assistant Colin Hanks and publicist Emily Blunt. Also with Tom Hanks and Steve Zahn.
“Giant” (1956) Dir: George Stevens
Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean star in this film based on Edna Ferber’s novel about Texas ranch life during the oil boom.
“Diggers” (2006) Dir: Katherine Dieckmann
The coming of age tale of friends growing up on Long Island as clam diggers. With Paul Rudd, Ken Marinom, Maura Tierney, Sarah Paulson and Lauren Ambrose
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