Those supposedly were old home movies, but they were shot with a Brownie box camera so that was only one of the confusing aspects of the movie. The gaps in continuity were distracting as the as action switched back and forth between Hollywood and the Joshua Tree National Park. The dark scenes and mumbling dialog I guess were supposed to portray the moody and isolated personality of James Dean. The young actor who portrayed him was even more handsome than the character he played.
Share via Email Acting like a kid Kobal Looking back over half a century to the meteoric career of James Dean , the one thing that now seems obvious is that the boy was as queer as a coot. It wouldn't matter a scrap if he hadn't also been groomed to perform vulnerable young male innocence, tormented by inchoate yearnings for heroism, freedom, and true love with the right girl. The studio made sure that he acted it out in real life by supplying him with starlets to be seen with in public. After he wrote himself off, 50 years ago this September, in his new Porsche Spyder at the age of 24 on a highway near Salinas, there was no reality left to intrude on the myth. Robert Altman, then a naive outsider in Hollywood, was given the job of making a black-and-white pseudo-documentary based on the account of Dean's life, fashioned by William Bast, Dean's "closest friend and room-mate for five years". Altman's film presents Dean as the studios wanted him to be remembered.
But now a film about the star will take a very specific stance on his personal life. Upcoming biopic Joshua Tree, A Portrait of James Dean, includes scenes that depict the actor having sexual encounters with a series of men. Actor James Preston portrays James Dean in the biopic One scene shows the character of Dean making love to his male roommate in a corridor. He is also seen in the movie indulging in a tryst with another male character, this time on top of a mountain.