Friday, September 30, 2011

Today in Pop Culture History: A rebel and a Rubble

We don't blame you for Franco. Promise.

30 September 1955: James Dean died in a two-car crash at the age of 24 in California. Though he'd only had major roles in three films (East of Eden, Rebel without a Cause, and Giant), his physical presence, communicating both danger and vulnerability, coupled with an unconventional line delivery, made him a paragon of teenage angst. His early death cemented him as a pop culture icon of coolness. Also, he had a thing with Mrs. Seinfeld, among others.

30 September 1952: Cinerama, a production process that combines footage from three separate cameras, debuted. Some Cinerama features include How the West Was Won, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and 2001: A Space Odyssey!

30 September 1960: The Flintstones premiered. It was marketed, no doubt by those whose cultural imaginations could not conceive of South Park and Adult Swim, as a cartoon for adults.

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