First Trailer for Anton Corbijn's 'Life' About Photographing James Dean

August 12, 2015
Source: Dazed

Anton Corbijn's Life

"He's unreliable, he's evasive." The first full trailer has arrived for Anton Corbijn's new film Life, a drama starring Robert Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock, and Dane DeHaan as his subject, soon-to-be-an-icon actor James Dean. The story follows Stock who strikes up an awkward friendship with Dean, and follows him all over the country as he meets young fans, and slowly learns what it's like to be famous. Unfortunately, this film has no life to it at all. I saw it in Berlin when it premiered and despised it, writing a scathing review saying just as much and more. As much as this trailer might grab you, don't be fooled by it.

Here's the first official trailer for Anton Corbijn's Life, direct from Dazed's YouTube (via The Film Stage):

Life Poster

Corbijn's follow-up to A Most Wanted Man, Life captures the nuances and complexities of the relationship between photographer and subject in a way rarely seen or understood by someone outside the business. In a nod to Corbijn’s own past experience, the film is told from the perspective of the Life photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) who meets and profiles Dean (DeHaan) for the magazine, turning out some of Dean’s most iconic photographs. Life is directed by photographer-turned-filmmaker Anton Corbijn, of the films Control, The American and A Most Wanted Man previously. The script is written by Luke Davies. The film first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival. Corbijn's Life arrives in theaters this fall, but no date is set.

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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments


May well need to check this.

Carpola on Aug 12, 2015


Saw it twice at the Berlinale and absolutely loved it. Great performances and beautiful images. Must see!

StrayDog on Aug 12, 2015


Well, I have to thank you for the chuckle you gave me here reading this latest post of yours, Alex. Plus, I also enjoy reading intelligent, 'scathing' reviews and enjoyed reading yours regarding this picture. I'm not quite sure I like this director's work. They always appear to be interesting, but upon viewing them I'm always disappointed. Both The American and Most Wanted Man just didn't work; interesting, but not quite up to par. Especially Most Wanted Man. I liked the book, but thought the movie not very good. Especially the ending in both the way it was shot and edited and presented. The book's ending was so good. Oh well. And by the my experience, it's tough to blame the casting of a movie on the casting director as it's always the director's final word on casting. Good casting directors assemble and bring before the director many choices for all the parts, but they are never, never responsible for who is finally cast. Just sayin'...

Bo on Aug 12, 2015


that looks, well, just aweful.

Big Mike on Aug 12, 2015


I am very pleasantly surprised by how great this looks! DeHaan looks like he is absolutely killing it as Dean. I also really DIG that poster. DeHaan is perfectly posing in that Deansian slump.

DAVIDPD on Aug 12, 2015


I don't know what to say about this one. One reason is that I always disliked James Dean, but lately got interested in his films. So, that made me think: this could be good. On the other side, why make another film about some long gone movie star? There are much more interesting issues. So, no matter how good is story behind it (and it's obvious, those are some really new kind of biopics - with the back stories), there must be existing reality with more interesting narratives that movie makers are getting harder and harder to recognize ...

shiboleth on Aug 13, 2015


just shit casting ahaha that potato face wouldn't ever remind me of my precious Jimmy

Turgay Aksoy on Aug 17, 2015

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