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The American Counterculture$
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Christopher Gair

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619887

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619887.001.0001

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(p.97) Chapter Four Film
The American Counterculture

Christopher Gair

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter commences with a reading of Fred Zimmermann’s High Noon (1952) assessing the relationship between Hollywood and Cold War ideologies. It then looks at the significance of countercultural movie icons, James Dean and Marlon Brando, and looks closely at Rebel Without a Cause, The Wild One and The Blackboard Jungle. The chapter concludes by assessing the significance of films by Robert Frank and John Cassavetes and stresses the marginal status of the artist in 1950s America.

Keywords:   Hollywood, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Jonas Mekas, Julenile Delinquency

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