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.
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