Saturday, 3 November 2012

Swoon on a Saturday: James Dean

James Byron Dean.
He who I didn't 'get' until a few years ago.
I watched 'Rebel Without A Cause' out of sheer curiosity as I was at the start of my "I must watch classic films" phase (which is still going on). I sat and I watched and then in the blink of an eye, I got it. He winked I believe and I got it, I saw what all the fuss was about.
'East of Eden' was next and this was the film of my epiphany (really, I am not joking it just about changed my life) and featured another moment, by a window, which made me feel about fourteen years old and on the verge of swooning where I sat.
'Giant' followed. I didn't like it and never finished watching as I got bored (I have a very short attention span and get distracted by everything going on behind the main action which leads me to literally lose the plot over architecture or a beautiful car). I never thought I would be so intolerant of a film featuring both James Dean and Rock Hudson.

So this leads me to the man himself, but in Spectacles.
Scrumptious.

Bottom centre .. *waggles eyebrows*


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Not sure which one I love more, the one on the left or the one in the middle. The one on the left is a walk into a lampost if you happened past him sort of picture and the one in the middle, well, what can I say .. 




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The middle one is a bit swoony


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The one with the booooook .. be still my beating heart.


18 comments:

  1. Any man who likes a Siamese cat is fine by me!!!

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    1. I wonder if it was his, it's very comfortable clambering all over his person, but that's kittens for you!

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  2. Ohhhh, I don't think I have ever seen all those photos! He's a person I have never really looked into that much either. Maybe I should do what you did -- view the movie!! He's handsome!!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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    1. He was very handsome and you should definitely watch his films xxx

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  3. I had a thing for James Dean when I was a teenager, me and my friend Heather loved him and Mickey Rourke, I remember us watching 'Angelheart' over and over again just to gaze at Mickey. I've never seen 'Nine and a Half Weeks' though, which is probably a travesty for a Mickey Rourke fan.

    But back to James, I had books with lots of these pictures in them and I remember loving a lot of the same ones as you, he really did look cute in a pair of glasses or a cowboy hat!

    Now you've got me thinking about people whose appeal I didn't get then it clicked. George Clooney, I still don't really have a crush on him but when I saw him doing his Clark Gable thing in 'O Brother Where Art Thou' I really started liking him and enjoying his acting whereas I could take him or leave him before. I saw him in another Coen Brothers film after that, he was really funny in it and so was Brad Pitt who is another actor I didn't really appreciate at first but I've liked a lot of his films since. I think it was called 'Burn Before Reading' or something like that. And George Clooney was in 'Fantastic Mr Fox'! I loved so many things about that film.

    I've only ever fancied Mel Gibson in one film and that was 'Mrs Sorrell', I really liked him with that period look, I think it was set in Edwardian times but I'm not at all sure, but I liked that much better on him than that mullet he went about with for years. xx

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    1. There were girls in my class who liked James, but I was more interested in Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart! I still like Bogart but am decidedly cool about Cary Grant these days. The only Mickey Rourke film I have ever seen is 'The Wrestler' which is superb! I know it's recent and he's not looking as he used too, but I think it's a wonderful film.

      I would like to get a good biography of James, but the market is flooded and I have no idea what the best one is. I might look in the library. I really do like him in glasses, shame about the smoking though ..

      I really liked George Clooney in 'O Brother ..' that old Hollywood look really suits him and I too saw him in a different light after that. Brad Pitt I like, I think him a very talented actor, I know he's dismissed quite readily as being too pretty but look at him in 'Kalifornia'! I thought he was the bees knees in 'Inglorious Basterds'. I have much admiration for Johnny Depp too as he's one of those Brad Pitt types, he doesn't mind looking terrible on screen ('Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' being a case in point).

      I never got Clark Gable until a few years ago, I just didn't see the appeal until I was watching one of those C4 '100 Greatest ..' programmes and he was on there. It was a 'Gone With the Wind' clip and needless to say I had the DVD before the week was out!

      There are actors who I only like in period dramas too. Rupert Penry Jones in modern things leaves me cold but in 'Cambridge Spies', 'The Thirty Nine Steps' or Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' he leaves me all of a flutter. My sister has the same thing but the other way around with another actor who was in 'Lark Rise to Candleford' I believe, she really didn't like him in that but liked him in modern things.

      xxx

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    2. I loved 'The Wrestler', I thought Marisa Tomei was great in it too. I like the older raddled Mickey, as well as the beautiful young Mickey. After I saw the film 'Black Swan' I found out it had the same director as 'The Wrestler' and I loved both films, so I need to find more of his films, it takes me forever to get round to anything like that these days.
      'Inglorious Basterds' was great too, I did really like Brad Pitt in that, he was brilliant in 'Snatch' too, and 'Fight Club' and Kalifornia! That always makes me think of that Oliver Stone film, what was it called? With Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson, 'Natural Born Killers' that's it. I kept thinking 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' but I knew it wasn't that. xx

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    3. I had heard how good 'The Wrestler' was so was hopeful when we started to watch. He was as good as they said which I was pleased about. I do have a soft spot for WWF wrestling though, so I liked it for other reasons too. I've never seen 'Natural Born Killers', but I do like Juliette Lewis, I changed my mind about her after seeing 'Kalifornia'.
      xxx

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    4. I didn't know what to expect because when I really want to see a film I try to avoid reading reviews or watching clips beforehand, and I make a point of trying to watch any film he's in. Now I have an image of you watching the wrestling and going "Get in there" punching one fist into the other, not how I usually imagine you at all! I like Juliette Lewis too, I saw her in a really trashy film once where she was an errant teenager, on one of those true life movie channels, it was called something like 'Too Much Too Young' and she was brilliant in it. Brad Pitt was in it too now I think of it, as her vicious boyfriend. He pops up everywhere. xx

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    5. I never read film reviews as I like to make up my own mind but 'The Wrestler' seemed to be all over the telly so I couldn't avoid it if I tried. Hehe, even Andy is amused that I like the wrestling! Only the American type though! I used to watch it in my teens and then stopped when I didn't have access to it but stumbled across it again this year and recalled why I liked it, it's so silly.
      That film name rings a bell, I am sure I've seen that advertised on one of the true entertainment channels on Sky .. ahh, it's called 'Too Young To Die' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100797/) I shall keep an eye out for it.
      xxx

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  4. Excellent array of Dean photos, a few are certainly new to me and all were thoroughly enjoyed (much like this talented fellow's movies, too).

    Thank you very much for your lovely comment on my vintage nurse Halloween costume, sweet dear. I hope that you're having a relaxing, lovely Sunday.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures and I did have a very relaxing Sunday, thank you, a sleepy Sunday actually xxx

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  5. I'm really speachless now...I love him with all my heart and I'm going through a heavy James Dean phase, I really need to watch East of Eden right now!

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    1. Watch, watch, watch! Look out for the window scene, he's beautiful in it xxx

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  6. I've just found your blog through Kezzie's and I am in love already. I adored Rebel Without a Cause and James Dean's got the smoulder right down. Swoon! xxx

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    1. Welcome aboard, I look forward to getting to know you!
      Smoulder just about sums him up xxx

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  7. Melanie you have all of our tails wagging over James. Wow I never really noticed him before...what a looker. My tastes are becoming more refined...haha. great collages. Dawn suitcase vignettes

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    1. He was so beautiful, you should see him moving and talking, it's even better xx

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