Honesty, I was not prepared for the weirdness of this movie. The intense cinematography, haunting score, and (at times) extreme melodrama make for a split movie, alongside it’s slower more nuanced scenes. At times this felt like a Kazan film, but in the end, I felt like this film was part kazan, part Sirk, part Fuller, in one mad chaotic mess swirling around the pillar of the film James Dean. The film’s baffling, complex, unpredictable, messy and highly memorable. It’s awkwardness, however, is part of its brilliance – oh, and if you have no other reason for wanting to see this movie, just watch it for Dean….uh, and cinemascope – yea!