This original screen test for Elia Kazan’s East of Eden features James Dean on his first feature film. The young actor shines with so much talent and potential that watching this video is beyond a treat; it shows how captivating a devoted actor can be. It is no surprise then that James Dean is quoted saying on the actor’s role: To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.
"It’s to keep living in a way one wants to live and work; to distract constructively; to distract in ways that are in themselves satisfying; to do things that are intrinsically gratifying. Melancholy is not one of my emotions. Quite seriously, I don’t do melancholy. It’s a miserable way to be."
— Walter Mischel, Learning How to Exert Self-Control - NYTimes.com
"Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for. Mold your career around your lifestyle not your lifestyle around your career."
— (via elauxe)
The meaning of cinema and its colossal popularity is based on the fact that the viewer approaches it in search of his own un-accumulated experience, so to speak. I am not speaking of inexperience in life, but of the fact that our age offers one such a large amount of information and people are so busy that they do not have time sometimes even to find out what is surrounding them on a day-to-day basis. Cinema’s task is to substitute for this lacking experience. It stands before the very serious and profound task of speaking truthfully and sincerely, never deceiving the viewer.
"You don’t ask people with knives in their stomachs what would make them happy; happiness is no longer the point. It’s all about survival; it’s all about whether you pull the knife out and bleed to death or keep it in."
— Nick Hornby, How to Be Good (via bookmania)