On James Dean’s 80th birthday, this film probably deserves its own little mention. The James Dean Story, a 79 minute documentary chronicling the life and times of Jimmy Dean, came out two years after the young actor’s death. Most notably, the film was directed by Robert Altman, a young director who would eventually make MASH, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park, etc. You can find a downloadable version of the documentary over at the Internet Archive. It’s also catalogued in our Free Movie collection.
Portrait of James Dean assembled from existing material includes East of Eden (1955) outtakes, shots from the opening night of Giant (1956), and his TV safe driving message (Dean died in a car crash).