These scenes are not only 2 of the best on film. But in my opinion, probably the greatest in cinema. PERIOD.
George Stevens 1955 epic adapted from Edna Ferber’s novel about a texas family, a surly low-class wildcatter who ends up a millionaire, and 3 1/2 hours of other drama so catty it’d make any soap opera on t.v. look like an episode of Winnie the pooh! Jimmy deans acting is without a doubt top-notch. The scene in which Jett finally strikes is absolutely brilliant, and a perfect example of what a flash of genius looks like. Jimmy dean took his inner demons and projected them out, to a positive place: his acting.
Yeah, he certainly seemed self-destructive, and probably was. Who the hell ISN’T at 21,22,23,24,etc…, Despite whoever, whatever, or however jimmy dean was once upon a time, there is absolutely no doubt in his ability as an artist.
The second scene,…. Well, any fan’s of film or James Dean should watch this scene. Not once, not twice, but at least a few more than that. WATCH Jimmy, And when you get to the part where Jimmy says ” I’m sentimental too Bick”, watch his face. I guarantee that if you keep your eye’s on Jimmy throughout, esp. that moment you will see genius. True genius. Acting at it’s best , by its best. Sad at the thought of “What would’ve been….”