1950's Movie Essay: "Rebel Without a Cause"

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1950s Movie Essay: Rebel Without A Cause
Rebel Without A Cause is a very popular film from 1955. It depicts life in the 1950's from the viewpoint of three teenagers who live in Los Angeles, California. They live in a comfortable environment in middle-class America. However, they must deal with their own inabilities to "fit" into society. The teens try to fit in with their peers and find the love they so desperately need from their families and others like their peers. The biases presented in the film's are based on cultural values form the 1950s. Rebel Without A Cause also compares to some of the data presented in the text Nation of Nations. The film also compares to the general view America has of the period of the
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The main group in the movie was an exact example of the groups like hipsters described in the text. They were involved in violent and illegal acts and were not tolerant of outsiders. They thought they were the coolest people in town and none of them seems to have a job or participate in any activity other than causing problems. The cars in the movie were still the early fifty model cars and did not reflect the flashier models that were introduced just two or three years later. There were no cars with tail fins or an abundance of chrome and almost all of the cars looked the same.
Film's Presentation in Comparison to 1950's Perception
The fifties were a dynamic time. People were evolving and changing into more explosive creatures than they were prior to this period in time. The clothing was much more risqué: bolder, brighter, and flirtier than it ever was before. This movie depicted the 1950's as closely as they could have been portrayed to actuality. During this period in time, rock and roll became a new wave of energy sweeping across the land, and the teens began dressing more vibrantly. They wore looser clothing: baggy jeans for the boys and long, flowing skirts for the girls. They let their hair get longer and grew more exaggerated sideburns, something quite different from the previous clean cut images presented.
The movie, "Rebel Without a Cause," was named so in description of the teens who were

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