Thursday, September 4, 2008

"Kiss me!" "Can't here..."

A little piece of Youtube greatness: 41 immortal seconds from the screen test for East of Eden, where James Dean and Paul Newman tested together. The object Dean is flipping up and down is a switchblade, which featured in his next film, Rebel without a Cause. Dean of course beat Newman for the part in East of Eden (the only one of his big three films to be released before his premature death in his Porsche 550 Spyder), and on being introduced to him on the set, author John Steinbeck exclaimed, "Jesus Christ, he IS Cal!"

The East of Eden screentest is one of the Guardian's top 50 Youtube art videos: Via super art blogger Regina Hackett from Seattle.

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