Who’s your daddy – Part 3

In 1955 James Dean made his filmic debut in East of Eden, John Steinbeck’s most ambitious novel original written for his two sons Thom and John, then 6 and 4 years old, translated into a classic movie dealing with siblings rivalry for a father’s love. Oh and of course the girl but that is beside the point.

 

This is how it might look when father doesn’t love you:

 

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Watch the scene here convincingly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuzxwdTacjE

“ Although the New York Times reviewer at the time dismissed Dean’s performance as “a mass of histrionic gingerbread”, most reviews were very positive. Dean’s portrayal of confused vulnerability and a desperate desire to be loved still has the power to engage and touch the viewer.” ~ www.pictureshowman.com

A mass of histrionic gingerbread certainly has not been the verdict when daddy Cash openly blamed his 12 year old son Johnny for the death of his 14 year old brother in the movie Walk the Line, stating: The devil took the wrong son.

The striving for excellence does seem to brother Sports and Arts. The physicality of both life styles could be their blood bond. The heroic narrative that drives them both forward mirrors a kinship. And then there is that crucible: the pain.

The Greek Olympian reanimated in the Renaissance ideal of the total man: athlete, intellectual and poet could very well father todays principle of the athlete and musician. The distinction however is the Cain and Able crucible: boys don’t cry. They shut down emotionally and go for the kill, they win. Or do they cry, silently, secretly?

In art they most certainly do, however nothing if not loud!