“Only Punks Use Knives”: Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Rebel Without a Cause is a film of incredible beauty, tension and menace.  I was riveted, even though, as a queer person and a woman, I felt under attack throughout this movie.  People will come to different conclusions about the “cause” of Jim’s rebellion, but for the queer viewer, a palpable terror of homosexuality seems to underlie his existence on the verge of total breakdown. 

Warning: post contains spoilers.

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