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Sal Mineo Biopic Trailer Creates Buzz for James Franco's Flick

By    |   Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 07:56 AM

Buzz surrounds the biopic of the 2011 James Franco-directed "Rebel Without a Cause" Oscar-nominated actor Sal Mineo since the release of a new trailer.

The film, titled "Sal," which debuted at 2011's Venice Film Festival, stars Val Lauren as Mine. It captured a best supporting actor nomination, playing alongside James Dean in the iconic 1955 "Rebel Without a Cause." (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMQL1qXoyEg)

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The Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday that "Sal" examines the last days of Mineo's life, some 20 years after becoming a teen idol and later becoming one of the first actors to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality. 

He died from a mysterious random stabbing incident in 1976.

"Released through Tribeca Films, the film focuses on Mineo who, like James Dean before him, struggled against being typecast as the troubled kid before seeing his life cut tragically short in the alley behind his home," wrote Carl Rodriguez, of IndieWire.com. "The film looks to be a completely low-budget affair with seemingly little disguising the modern age it was shot in, so perhaps there is a reason why it took nearly two years to finally see the light of day." 

Samantha Wilson, of FilmSchoolRejects.com was even more critical in her assessment of the trailer itself. 

"While the source material is compelling, the trailer is just awful," Wilson said. "It looks like Franco slapped some 1950s-period accurate clothing on Lauren and his cohorts and then filmed in sketchy areas of L.A. when other people just conveniently weren’t around. 'Everybody clear out of this theater for a couple hours, please. I owe Mr. Franco a favor.' The sound is off, too. Is this Franco trying to make a statement again or something that I’m not 'getting?' "

Mineo has also starred in William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" at the Cannes Film Festival and another film based on "Child of God" by Cormac McCarthy was shown at the Toronto Film Festival.

"Sal" will be available on VOD and iTunes on Oct. 22. 

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