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Compassionate head-tilting has a rich cinematic history:
Head-tilting was a signature cue of method actor, James Dean. Dean’s head-tilts seemed to say, as East of Eden director Elia Kazan put it, “Pity me, I’m too sensitive for the world”.
Tiltiness remains popular among leftist politicians in cinema-crazed France.
(Via Andrew R.)
- There is this quote from the first article linked: “In Spain, tilting the head sideways and resting the cheek in the palm of the hand is a deliberate signal which says, ‘Sissy!’ “Posted by paco on 2007 01 30 at 09:48 AM • permalink
- Paco—couldn’t say, I’ve never been able to sit through it. The Wild Ones, it ain’t…Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 01 30 at 10:57 AM • permalink
- Dean, schmean.
I’ve already traced this phenomenon back to artist Amedeo Modigliani.
- #2 paco –
did anybody else out there find James Dean’s method-acting in Rebel Without a Cause to be an annoying affectation?
I don’t know about that. But personally I did not appreciate how he yelled at Mr. Howell. I’m sure he upset Lovey. Damn ingrate.Posted by wronwright on 2007 01 30 at 02:14 PM • permalink
- #11: There’s a weird little story about some of the dialogue between Dean and Jim Backus in this Wikipedia article. I think it’s the eleventh bullet point under the “Trivia” heading.
- I never understood the cult that grew up around James Dean. The guy made four movies and then was killed in a car crash. And he mumbled, like Marlon Brando. And he’s been dead since 1955.
You know whose head-tilting is a constant annoyance? That guy David Caruso, the little red-headed leprechaun on CSI: Miami. If you in Australia have not yet experienced this gem of a show… just wait. Heh.
- Never underestimate the power of “carroty good looks” (Carrottop, perhaps, excluded). I noticed about 10 or so one-liners in that Caruso apparently is incapable of both speaking an replacing his sunglasses at the same time. Plus, he uses that pregnant pause just before delivering the ‘twist’ to his one-liner. Comparatively, the head tilting is almost soothing. (I like CSI: Miami, I’m just way less wild about Caruso’s affectations.)Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 01 30 at 04:11 PM • permalink
- Paco #17
Shouldn’t Buster Keaton be the original anti-hero?
CheersPosted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 01 30 at 06:24 PM • permalink
- Ah, James Dean. Or, as I like to call him, The Human Ashtray.Posted by Daniel San on 2007 01 30 at 08:46 PM • permalink
- Could this shot of George Clooney be described as a ‘classic head tilt’?
- #22 Bonmot, I think you’ll find Al Gore’s head just below his hand.Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 01 30 at 09:25 PM • permalink
- Okay, so you think this is funny, you callous bastards.Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 01 30 at 11:40 PM • permalink
- Re sick bunny stuff: aww! My head is tilting in sorrow as I write. Well actually, I’m just tired.Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 01 31 at 12:04 AM • permalink
- #27, Oh goodness. You know, I was never interested in having a rabbit for a pet before.
Now I’m extremely not interested.Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 01 31 at 12:47 AM • permalink
- #30- I think you’ll find you can have lots of fun with Mopsy, Flopsy and Cottontail (bring duct tape however).
Keep in mind that male rabbits can be agressive and territorial when looking for a hoppity pal.
- #5, nope the original tiler was surely He Who Tilted at Windmills, one Don Quixote, invented for our fictional and tilting pleasure by Cervantes.
Spanish dude – hang on! Was he implying The Don was a sissy!?Posted by carpefraise on 2007 01 31 at 05:46 AM • permalink
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