July 28, 2011 |
Nicholas Ray faced a roomful of film students. They had come to learn from the director who'd made James Dean an icon in "Rebel Without a Cause" and a gunslinger of Joan Crawford in the distaff western "Johnny Guitar. " Ray began a mock exercise in filming a scene and the reverential students waited for his instructions — and they waited. Ray fell inexplicably silent. Minutes passed, then hours, and finally the students left, bewildered by the tall, frail man with an eye patch and wild, white hair.
July 28, 2011 |
The Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin has acquired the archives of Nicholas Ray, the director of such classic film noirs as 1950's "In a Lonely Place" and 1952's "On Dangerous Ground," and of 1955's seminal troubled youth melodrama, "Rebel Without a Cause," which transformed James Dean into a spokesperson for his generation. The archives include scripts, storyboards and correspondence. "There are about a dozen document boxes," said Steve Wilson, film curator of the Harry Ransom Center.
July 28, 2011
Nicholas Ray Centennial When: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 3 ("Rebel Without a Cause") Where: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood When: 7:30 p.m., Aug. 5 ("Johnny Guitar," "In a Lonely Place"); 7:30 p.m., Aug. 7 ("Bigger Than Life," "Knock on Any Door") Where: Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica Price: $11 general; $9 seniors and students Info: http://www.americancinematheque.com
March 21, 2010 |
Nicholas Ray's "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) laid down the template for teenage rebellion in the 1950s, but the rebel in Ray's "Bigger Than Life," released the following year and out on DVD and Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection this week, is in a distinctly less romantic vein. James Mason is the picture of small-town rectitude, a soft-hearted teacher with a modest house, wife and child, until a life-threatening illness puts him on regular doses of the recently discovered "miracle drug" cortisone.
December 10, 2006 |
ICONOCLASTIC American director Nicholas Ray tapped into the post-World War II existential blues in a series of uncompromising films he made from the late 1940s through the '50s. Though critics and audiences of the time unjustly neglected many of his films, Ray's stock soared in subsequent decades, especially after he was warmly embraced by French New Wave filmmakers such as Francois Truffaut and by contemporary directors including Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders.
April 4, 2002 |
Actress Gloria Grahame and director Nicholas Ray absolutely define the 1950s. Their place in the Hollywood sun was brief, but their legacy and influence have eclipsed actors and directors who were far more popular during that decade.