Anton Corbijn’s ‘LIFE’: What Robert Pattinson and James Dean Have in Common

"The film doesn't look like a Dennis Stock photo, it looks like the world he took photos in. That's important because a photographer always translates the world into his pictures. The pictures don't present themselves to you; you have to ...more

“The film doesn’t look like a Dennis Stock photo, it looks like the world he took photos in. That’s important because a photographer always translates the world into his pictures. The pictures don’t present themselves to you; you have to find the pictures.”

Anton Corbijn is talking about Life, one of the buzziest titles in the Berlin lineup, which tells the backstory behind arguably the most iconic images in Hollywood history: the photos Stock took of James Dean during a road trip on assignment for Life magazine in 1955, just months before the actor’s death.

Starring Dane DeHaan as Dean and Robert Pattinson as Stock, the project seems particularly ideal for Corbijn. Before he started directing, Corbijn was best known as a photographer of rock stars. In 1979, on assignment for music magazine NME, he did a photo shoot with an up-and-coming new British band called Joy Division. Months later, the band’s singer, Ian Curtis, hanged himself. Corbijn’s photos of Curtis, like Stock’s of Dean, became lasting images of a young artist whose life was cut short.

Instead of copying Stock’s visual style in Life, Corbijn went about replicating the world of 1955 America, going so far as to totally rebuild Dean’s apartment in New York. “We had an art director who measured everything — the distance from the desk to the bed, that sort of thing.”

The moment Stock captured with Dean, and Corbijn re-creates in Life, was a turning point in American culture. “It seems very simple now, but it was revolutionary at the time seeing pictures like this,” says Corbijn. “Pictures like Stock’s symbolized the rebelliousness of the time. The fact that Dean died of course adds to the mystery. You couldn’t take those shots again. If it were today, and we had thousands of paparazzi shots of James Dean, I wonder if it would destroy the mystery?”

Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young to open Glasgow Film Festival

WHILE WE'RE YOUNG is to receive its European premiere as the opening film of the 11th Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) (Feb 18-Mar 1).

Noah Baumbach’s comedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a settled married couple who are offered a ...more

WHILE WE’RE YOUNG is to receive its European premiere as the opening film of the 11th Glasgow Film Festival (GFF) (Feb 18-Mar 1).

Noah Baumbach’s comedy stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a settled married couple who are offered a second chance at youth when hipsters Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby (Amanda Seyfried) come into their lives. The film premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last year.

This year’s festival will close with the UK premiere of Cannes Jury Prize-winner Force Majeure, written and directed by Ruben Östlund. The film explores the flaws and cracks in a marriage after an avalanche hits in the French Alps where the couple are on a skiing holiday with their children.

Supported by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, EventScotland, Creative Scotland and BFI, this year’s edition will see the inaugural Audience Award announced at the Closing Gala. A selection of ten films by first and second-time directors, including Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, will be voted on by the ticket-buying public.

Allan Hunter, GFF co-director, said: “Glasgow’s love affair with the movies is a passion that never fades and one that lies at the heart of this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, and our Cinema City strand celebrates the love affair in special screenings, talks and an exhibition.”

Allison Gardner, GFF co-director, said: “There are certain happy accidents that you only notice once you’ve pulled the programme together – in particular, we have exceptionally strong ranges of East Asian cinema and documentary film-making this year, with very exciting UK and European premieres from some of the world’s most highly-regarded directors.”

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22. January 2015

LIFE in the official selection of the 65. International Film Festival Berlin

Available in German.

LIFE, der neue Kinofilm von Regisseur Anton Corbijn, wird bei den 65. Internationalen Filmfestspielen in der Sektion Berlinale Special seine Weltpremiere feiern.

SquareOne Entertainment und Universum Film bringen den Film über die Ikone James Dean und den Fotografen Dennis ...more

Available in German.

LIFE, der neue Kinofilm von Regisseur Anton Corbijn, wird bei den 65. Internationalen Filmfestspielen in der Sektion Berlinale Special seine Weltpremiere feiern.

SquareOne Entertainment und Universum Film bringen den Film über die Ikone James Dean und den Fotografen Dennis Stock anlässlich des 60. Todestags von James Dean am 1. Oktober 2015 in die deutschen Kinos.

LIFE ist der mittlerweile vierte Kinofilm von Regisseur Anton Corbijn (A Most Wanted Man, The American), der nach seinem Debüt Control über den Joy Division-Sänger Ian Curtis erneut einer Ikone ein filmisches Denkmal setzt. Deans früher Tod und Stocks berühmte Fotografien schufen einen Mythos, der bis heute anhält. Die Hauptrollen spielen Robert Pattinson (Maps to the Stars, Cosmopolis, Twilight-Saga) als Fotograf Dennis Stock und Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro, The Place Beyond the Pines, Chronicle – Wozu bist du fähig?) als James Dean. In weiteren Rollen sind Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Götter und Könige, Der große Gatsby), Ben Kingsley (Der Medicus, Iron Man 3) und Alessandra Mastronardi (To Rome with Love) zu sehen. Für das Drehbuch zeichnete Luke Davies (Candy) verantwortlich.

16. January 2015