Live Fast, Die Young

The Wild Ride of Making Rebel Without a Cause

Live Fast, Die Young

The revolutionary film Rebel Without a Cause has had a profound impact on both moviemaking and youth culture -- not only upon its 1955 release but on generations since. In Live Fast, Die Young, the complete story behind this groundbreaking film is revealed, vividly evoking the cataclysmic meeting of actors James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo and director Nicholas Ray -- all at crucial points in their careers as they grappled with fame, burgeoning sexuality, and increasingly reckless behavior.

Through interviews with surviving members of the cast and crew and firsthand access to both personal and studio archives, Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel depict the explosive making of Rebel Without a Cause, complete with never-before-seen photos by famed Dean photographer Dennis Stock. A fascinating look behind the scenes of an unforgettable American film, Live Fast, Die Young tells a story that is as provocative as the film itself.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 384 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743296182 | 
  • November 2006

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Lawrence Frascella
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Lawrence Frascella

Lawrence Frascella has served as chief movie critic of Us Magazine and theater critic for Entertainment Weekly, as well as an editor at Aperture. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's Bazaar and Rolling Stone.

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Al Weisel
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Al Weisel

Al Weisel is a regular contributor to Premiere magazine, a former contributing editor at Us Magazine, and has written for Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Spin, and New York Newsday. He lives in New York City.

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