East of Eden
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East of Eden

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Director: Elia Kazan

Cast: Elia Kazan, Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey

     
 

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This truncated screen version of John Steinbeck's best-seller was the first starring vehicle for explosive 1950s screen personality James Dean, who plays Cal Trask, the "bad" son of taciturn WWI-era Salinas valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask (Raymond Massey). Although he meansSee more details below

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This truncated screen version of John Steinbeck's best-seller was the first starring vehicle for explosive 1950s screen personality James Dean, who plays Cal Trask, the "bad" son of taciturn WWI-era Salinas valley lettuce farmer Adam Trask (Raymond Massey). Although he means well, Cal can't stay out of trouble, nor is he able to match the esteem in which his father holds his "good" brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Only Aron's girl friend Abra (Julie Harris) and kindly old Doctor Sam (Burl Ives) can see the essential goodness in the troublesome Cal. In an effort to win his father's love, Cal starts a side business with money secretly borrowed from his mother, Kate (Jo Van Fleet) -- whom his father had described as dead, to hide the fact that she was in fact a floozy, plying her illicit trade in a nearby town. When a bad crop threatens the family farm, Cal attempts to share his newfound gains with his father, and is rejected. In the explosive confrontation, Aron realizes his father's duplicity about his mother, and that things will never be the same.

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A grand, visually remarkable adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel, East of Eden was one of the films responsible for the cult that grew up around James Dean. Released in 1955, the same year as Dean's Rebel Without a Cause, Eden featured the actor in his sullen, troubled prime, rolling his eyes, mumbling his words, and stuffing his hands into his pockets as only he knew how. At once angry and vulnerable, Dean's performances in both movies established him as an icon of youthful discontent for decades to come. Aside from its place in the Dean iconography, East of Eden remains remarkable for Elia Kazan's use of CinemaScope, capturing with harsh vibrancy the expanse and breathtaking desolation of the California farmlands. The landscape crackles with a moody intensity that mirrors the conflicts among the film's central characters. In this respect, East of Eden earned its place in Hollywood legend: it featured great performances from its human principals, while the scenery gave a spellbinding performance in its own right.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2013
UPC:
0883929272518
Original Release:
1955
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
11,940

Special Features

Commentary by Richard Schickel; Forever James Dean documentary; Featurette: East Of Eden: Art In Search Of Life; 1955 New York City premiere; Actors' screen tests; Wardrobe tests; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julie Harris Abra
James Dean Cal Trask
Raymond Massey Adam Trask
Burl Ives Sam, the Sheriff
Dick Davalos Aron Trask
Jo Van Fleet Kate
Albert Dekker Will Hamilton
Lois Smith Ann
Harold Gordon Mr. Albrecht
Timothy Carey Joe
Mario Siletti Piscora
Lonny Chapman Roy
Nick Dennis Rantani
Harry Cording Actor
Jonathan Haze Piscora's Son
Frank Mazzola Student
Barbara Baxley Nurse

Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director,Producer
Don Alvarado Asst. Director
James Basevi Art Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Malcolm C. Bert Art Director
George James Hopkins Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Horace Hough Asst. Director
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Stan Jones Sound/Sound Designer
Owen Marks Editor
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Paul Osborn Screenwriter
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer

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