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East of Eden is a film, directed by Elia Kazan, and loosely based on the second half of the novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. It is about a. East of Eden is a novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, published in September Often described as Steinbeck’s most ambitious novel, East of Eden. James Dean as Cal in the film adaption of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” — one of my favorite books and movies.

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Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. The stars of Aquaman formed a special bond off-screen that let them push the limits of their etse once they were in costume. Search for ” East of Eden ” on Amazon.

A rebellious young man with a troubled past comes to a new jlhn, finding friends and enemies. Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her. Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie.

His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations ezte both father and son. Cal is frustrated at every turn, from his reaction to the war, to how to steinbec, ahead in business and in life, to how to relate to estranged mother.

If stenbeck answered yes to any of these questions, beware–the resonance you may feel toward the characters of this film may be so intense, the emotional pull of its story so overwhelming, that at its end you will find yourself exhausted, spent, trembling in its cathartic wake.

I find it so paraido time I see it. As an examination of the terrible undercurrents in family relationships, of adolescent angst and loneliness, of the universal need for love and the awful consequences of its being withheld, it is nearly peerless. Movies that toyed with similar themes, like “The Graduate” or “Rebel Without a Cause,” though great films, do not come close to packing the emotional wallop this film delivers. To a large part, the intensity of the affective response generated by watching “East of Eden” must be attributed to the strength of the performances.

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Raymond Massey, a truly superb actor who has largely, and undeservedly, been forgotten, gives one of his best performance as the father with a secret, a man with the best intentions in the world, who has nonetheless unwittingly crippled his son Cal with his sometimes harsh criticisms and his favoritism of his brother Aron.


Julie Harris is simply wonderful as Abra, a young woman who gradually becomes disenchanted with the “perfect” brother, Aron, finding herself becoming more and more interested in the vaguely frightening, yet vulnerable Cal.

Her “speech” near the end of the film to Cal’s father is heartrending. Everyone else is fine, from the always dependable Burl Ives to Albert Decker, and Jo van Fleet deserves special mention as the supposedly dead mother.

The vehicle which propels the film, however, is James Dean who not only gives the best performance in his all too short career, but one of the best in cinematic history. It is truly amazing to watch him work here.

The viewer becomes like putty in his hands, bending and rending our emotions at will.

It’s a performance not to be missed. The movie has received criticism because it does not follow the book, and leaves out at least the first two thirds of the novel. A movie CANNOT be a book, though there have been several directors who seem blithely unaware of this giving us plodding movies straight-jacketed by their literary source. One cannot judge this movie solely by comparing it to the book, and with each deviation from the source, give it a demerit. I believe this movie is every bit as great as the book–but it is NOT the book.

And John Steinbeck himself loved this movie, reportedly saying that the movie was a greater achievement than his book had been. That’s a recommendation good enough for me, and should be enough for the lovers of the book. You CAN love both. Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew. A wilful young man contends against his brother for the attention of their religious father while reconnecting with his estranged mother and falling for his brother’s girlfriend. John Steinbeck novelPaul Osborn screen play. Related News Was really the best year in movie history? Movies of the s I want to watch. Share this Rating Title: Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.


Learn more More Like This. Rebel Without a Cause Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

A Streetcar Named Desire Cat on a Hot Tin Roof On the Waterfront An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. Edit Cast Complete credited cast: Cal Trask Raymond Massey Adam Trask Burl Ives Sam – the Sheriff Richard Davalos Aron Trask Jo Van Fleet Will Hamilton Lois Smith Gustav Albrecht Nick Dennis Edit Did You Know?

Trivia Elia Kazan later called Julie Harris “one of the most beautiful people I’ve known in my life” and credited her with getting James Dean through the picture. Steibbeck appreciated her voice, her lack of pretension, her intensity, and what he saw as the perfect combination of purity and sexual awareness the role demanded. Goofs Aron’s hair changes from the shot when the sheriff is on the Albrecht’s porch just after the fight to the next, when he asks Abra “Where were you?

Staying out again tonight? What difference does it make? You’re here, aren’t you? You’re the one he wants! Crazy Credits Cards during opening credits: In northern California, the Santa Lucia Mountains, dark and brooding, stand like a wall between the peaceful agricultural town of Salinas and the rough and tumble fishing port of Monterey, fifteen miles away.

Alternate Versions The dispute with shoemaker Gustav Albrecht about the war had been cut from the dubbed release for Germany and Austria.

You could only see Albrecht leaving the fair claiming “Can’t I say my opinion? The reason for all this remained totally unclear; the recruiter’s speech is cut except for one background line “Join the army! In most of today’s copies the missing scenes are included, distinguishable by the German subtitles. Frequently Asked Questions Q: What is ‘East of Eden’ about?

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