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For many, James Dean is the ultimate icon of rebellion and loneliness and one of Hollywood’s greatest actors - Dr Jennifer Smyth

Dr Jennifer SmythDr Jennifer Smyth, lecturer in History and Film at the University of Warwick, reflects on James Deans' career in advance of the release of 'Life' a biographical drama film directed by Anton Corbijn and written by Luke Davies. It is based on the friendship of Life photographer Dennis Stock and Hollywood actor James Dean, starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson,

"For many, James Dean is the ultimate icon of rebellion and loneliness and one of Hollywood’s greatest actors. He still remains the only performer to receive two posthumous nominations for Best Actor. Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood all drew upon explicit elements of his star persona to develop their careers and appeal to audiences. Critics, historians, fans and friends still speculate on what he might have accomplished. But what he did accomplish was enough to continue inspiring generation after generation of filmgoers. There are countless imitators, actors, filmmakers, and even family members who have exploited his image, but there will only ever be one James Dean."

Below Dr Jennifer Smyth, discusses 'Giant' featuring James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor on the PBS documentary 'Children of Giant'.

Dr Jennifer Smyth is available for further comment, interview or review on the soon to be released film 'Life' which airs in cinemas on 25 September.

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