VIDEO: Dennis Stock & James Dean Meet For The First Time In A NEW Clip From ‘Life’

In this new clip from Life (dubbed in Italian) we see Dennis and Jimmy meet for the first time at Nicholas Ray’s party in Chateau Marmont.

Life was release in Italy yesterday. You can check out the list of cinemas showing Life over on BIM’s Facebook Page.

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PRINT INTERVIEW: “Working With Anton Corbijn Has Been A Great Honour” ~ Robert Pattinson

Elle magazine (Italy) interviewed Robert Pattinson while on the set of Life where he spoke about what attracted him to the part of Dennis Stock, James Dean’s influence on Dennis, working with Anton Corbijn and more.

I used Google Translate to translate the interview but if a better translation comes online I’ll update the post.


Robert Pattinson is back in cinemas on October 8 with the film Life, by Anton Corbijn dedicated to James Dean, cinema legend who died exactly 60 years ago in a car accident. The actor became famous as a vampire in Twilight, however, did not take the role of the legendary Jimmy (playing him is Dane DeHaan), as widely expected, but that of photographer Dennis Stock, who in 1955 – the year of the stars death – snapped a series of photographs for Life magazine and immortalized James Dean as no one before him had done. Anton Corbijn is dedicating the whole movie to the relationship of trust that exists between the two: to speak in more detail about the film is Robert Pattinson, in this exclusive interview during the filming of the movie.

Dennis and James. A photographer on the verge of bankruptcy and an artist on the front page. Tell us about the dynamics of their friendship.

The story of the two has a very original dynamic. James Dean is a character so sympathetic and Dennis, however, is not always so. There is a time for me, that sums up their diversity fully. There’s this scene where James Dean is playing with his cousin, and Dennis just says, ‘I do not know how you can do it.’ In essence he is saying ‘I do not understand what they’re trying.’ Dennis had a son, of course, but does not love him and that’s just awful. He is perpetually filled with the negativity, so full of anxiety, to the point of being irritating. I can not think that there are such people, you can not believe the fact that they say about not being able to love. It’s kind of horrible, but in its being is a tragic character too charming. And as I said the dynamic between them is very interesting.

James Dean is a myth. Have you ever had an influence on your career?

I have long admired his work. I believe that in 16 years a lot of actors have had their ‘James Dean’ stage and for most of them, the important thing is not to interpret the role but become part of the myth linked to him – and I also experienced one of the two phases. He is certainly still an icon but Dane (DeHaan) would be able to answer that question better than me because he’s more tied to James Dean, his figure, the myth.

Would you be interested to play the part of James Dean?

Oh no, absolutely not (laughs) Dane did a great job.

How did it go with Anton Corbijn?

Working with Anton Corbijn has been a great honour and his first film Control (about the life of Ian Curtis, leader of Joy Division), was the reason why I decided just to accept the part. I loved the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed Anton’s style and I knew that LIFE would have followed the same path.

With the camera instead?

To practice better, I took some pictures on the set of LIFE and the other films that I was shooting The Queen of the Desert where I play with Nicole Kidman. So for a few months I took a number of wonderful horrifying pictures with a 1953 Leica M1. It was the staff of Dennis, but the same pattern. It should be a model came out some time before that of Stock. It’s beautiful, and it works perfectly. I think that will never break. ”

Who was Stock?

Dennis was always worried that everything went wrong. He felt haunted by the possibility that the public would not follow him, they were not on his side. But at the same time, I thought he was a completely current. It’s the story of someone who is trying to become an artist, and the fear of not being able to achieve his dream is the saddest part of his life and demoralizing. Dennis is the kind of artist who is so fearful of not being at the height of his profession that he would use excuses for anything. When Jimmy sees for the first time, it’s fun because it has just that effect is undeniable. Being in contact with someone who is reaching his potential is very good to see. Relating to James Dean and all that was happening to him, also allowed Dennis to believe a little more in himself.

Do you believe, therefore, that James Dean had a positive influence on the photographer?

Absolutely yes. Sometimes you just need a little encouragement and the fact that Jimmy told him ‘These are fantastic’ while showing him pictures showing him, for him was a huge source of pride. I think at that specific time Dean has shown clearly and paved the way for Stock. Jimmy was regarded as a true artist who has had a profound impact on his life. And so, when Jimmy gave his approval, well, that’s all you need sometimes – this is all you need to start believing in yourself. And I think that’s what happened. For Dennis, the meeting with Jimmy was fundamental and has changed his life and certainly his work.

Luke Davies talks ‘LIFE’ – “Dennis Stock was the powerful figure who had something to offer to James Dean”

3628LIFE screenwriter, Luke Davies, hopped on a line to speak with The Guardian about the film and what inspired him to explore this period in time. It’s an insightful and enjoyable interview whether you’ve seen LIFE already or it’s on the horizon.

It’s a moment frozen in time. James Dean walks through a deserted Times Square, hunched against the rain in a woollen trench coat, a cigarette clamped between his teeth. First published in Life magazine in March 1955, only six months before Dean was killed in a car accident, the image forever cast the actor as an angst-ridden young man.

The photo is just one in a series photographer Dennis Stock took, following Dean from Los Angeles film premieres to New York movement classes and family dinners at Dean’s uncle’s farm in Indiana. Taken over three months, Dean was a relative unknown at the time (his position in popular consciousness largely came posthumously). And while these photographs became famous, not much is known about what happened to the two men between the frames.

Speaking on the line from Los Angeles, Australian author and screenwriter Luke Davies says it was this that he wanted to explore in the new film Life, starring Dane DeHaan as Dean and Robert Pattinson as Stock. He was approached by producer Iain Canning of See-Saw films, the team behind another unlikely male friendship film, The King’s Speech, who wanted to tell a “big iconic American story” about Dean.

During his research into Dean’s life, Davies discovered the improbable friendship that developed between the two men. “What a lot of people don’t realise is that at that moment Dennis Stock was the powerful figure who had something to offer to James Dean, who was conflicted about what it was that was being offered: a doorway into the fame machine.” A regular Life magazine contributor, the photographer met the actor at a Hollywood party. At Dean’s invitation, he saw an early screening of the film East of Eden and instantly recognised the charisma and incandescence that would see the actor explode into pop cultural consciousness.

The two men came from different backgrounds: one a restless actor from the country, the other an ambitious city-slicker photographer, so Davies imagined the relationship could have been fraught, at least to begin with. Dean was known to be unreliable; Stock took himself very seriously, and would have been frustrated by Dean’s evasiveness. Yet the photographs became increasingly personal as their friendship deepened.

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LIFE is currently in theaters in the UK, Ireland and Australia. The film releases in the US and Canada on Dec. 4th.

Anton Corbijn talks about how he related to LIFE, filming in one of the coldest winters and MORE

life_image-1243x414LIFE will be out in Irish cinemas Sept. 25th and Anton Corbijn spoke to Scannian about the film:

For director Anton Corbijn the unlikely friendship that developed between photographer Dennis Stock and fast rising star James Dean was a complex relationship that he understood completely.

Indeed, when the script for Life arrived on his desk, he knew instantly that it was a story – a very personal story for Corbijn himself, in a way – that he had to tell.

Corbijn began his career as a photographer – and indeed still works as one – before directing his first hugely acclaimed feature, Control, the story of Joy Division’s singer Ian Curtis, in 2007.

“Funnily enough, what drew me to this story was not what most people think,” he says. “They all think it’s James Dean but for me it was the story about a photographer whose subject is somebody in the public eye. I could really relate to it because I’ve been doing it for a good 40 years.

“That was a nice way into a sort of James Dean bio, and the story of the balance between the subject and the photographer. I think that’s always an interesting one.”

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PHOTOS & VID: ‘Life’ Gala Screening In London With Anton Corbijn & Dane DeHaan

Life had a Gala Screening last night in the Soho Hotel London and Dane DeHaan and Anton Corbijn were in attendance.

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Anton and Dane on stage presenting the movie


Premiere Scene interviewed Dane & Anton at the screening.

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INTERVIEW: Anton Corbijn On The Biggest Challenge In Shooting ‘Life’, The Electricity Between Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan & MORE

RTÉ Ten spoke to Anton Corbijn recently about what attracted him to Life, the biggest challenge in shooting the movie and more. Check out some excerpts from the interview below………



Was the story of a young man trying to find his way in the world – taking you back perhaps to your own early days as a photographer – a major part of the attraction of making Life? 
Anton Corbijn: Absolutely. The producer had come to me at some point, saying, ‘There’s a film about James Dean…’ And I said, ‘I’m not interested’. Months later they came back to me and said, ‘Maybe you should read it – it’s really a different kind of story than we actually said to you’. So I read it, and yes, that’s what pulled me in: the relationship between a photographer and his subject matter. That subject matter happens to be in the public eye and happens to be James Dean. I could relate to the idea of photographing somebody in the public eye.

What the film does very well is show that some of the great moments in our lives are just down to luck.
Yes. The film doesn’t have that big a message; it’s really how life is and how you can be touched by meeting people, how things develop from that. That’s it, really.

Before you started filming Life, was there one thing that you thought would be the biggest challenge? Did it turn out to be the biggest challenge, or did something else take its place?
I think the biggest challenge, really, was to get James Dean right. [With] Dennis Stock you could take a lot of liberty because he’s not really on the horizon of most people’s perception of photographers. James Dean is such an iconic person; he’s so alive in a lot of people’s minds that you really had to be very precise. That’s difficult to get an actor to convince you that you’re looking at this person, and I always felt that Dane DeHaan is that kind of actor. Very quickly you believe he’s the heart and soul of that character.

The first time you had Robert and Dane read together could you feel the electricity straight away?
They’re very different actors, you know? They come in very different ways to the set or to rehearsals. That made me feel really great because they are very different characters in the film. Dane is very prepared – he prepared for months – Rob seems to be less prepared but then on set he really delivers. But in rehearsals he sort of takes it in. He’s very intuitive in his approach and it worked really well, whereas Dane is much more studied.

How long did Life take to shoot?
Only 28 days. It was the shortest film I’ve ever done in that sense, and it was very tough. We had the coldest winter in 30 years in Toronto and some scenes were minus 28 to minus 30 degrees Celsius.

Read The FULL Interview over at RTÉ Ten