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If you are a movie fan, this movie has to be on your shelf. The debut movie of James Dean in this John Steinbeck novel directed by Elia Kazan is not to be missed. James Dean is, in his first movie, better than most "stars" of movies today. James Dean plays Cal with Richard Davalos equally compelling, but not quite as dazzling, playing his brother Aron. This is a twist on the Cain and Abel scenario. Raymond Massey, as their father, was the perfect choice for this role. Julie Harris, as Abra, shines. This movie was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including best acting by James Dean. It won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress by Jo Van Fleet as the wayward mother of Cal and Aron.
Use this classic movie as a supplement in your U.S. History class with your unit on World War I. Concepts/themes include: struggle between agricultural/industrial age, prejudice/intolerance/compassion for others, fundamentalism/modernism, a lot of patriotism, and then there are all of Freudian implications! Classical family struggle set in WWI era California.
This is one of the all time great movies of the 1950s. James Dean is the star. What a rebel! Students can see what true acting used to be. A girl in my class said "That Cal(Dean) is so hot!" Even though I had already explained twice, I told her "that is James Dean." "Oh wow" she said. Students are intrigued with the opening scenes set at the "house" of the local Madame. High level thinkers and will get the most from this movie. Usually jock boys are bored. But when aren't they?
LOTS OF PEOPLE HAVE NOT TAKEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE JAMES DEANS"s MOVIES, BECAUSE THEY HAVE NOT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY. HIS SHORT CAREER INCLUDES REBAL WITH OIUT A CAUSE, GIANT, AND THIS MOVIE EAST OF EDEN. IN EAST OF EDEN HE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW EMOTIONS NOT SHOWN IN EARLIER MOVIES, AND SHOW EXHIBIT HIS DESIRE FOR HIS FATHERS APPROVAL. IT IS A SORT OF CAIN- ABEL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AND HIS BROTHER IN RELATIONTO HIS FATHER. NOP TELLING WHAT MOVIES HE COULD HAVE MADE IF HIS ACTING CAREER HAD NOT BEEN CUT SHORT BY HIS RECKLESS MANNER OF LIFE, BUT MAYBE THAT WAS HIM AND HE WAS DESTINED TO HAVE A SHORT LIFE, RESULTING IN ONLY A FEW, BUT EXCELLENT MOVIES. PEOPLE UPON LEARNING ABOUT HIM ARE DRAWN TO HIS ELUSIVE MANNER. hE LIKE mARILYN mONROE WILL REMAIN A CULT FIGURE.
I've been a fan of James Dean and finally I decided to get the DVD.
This is truly an American Classic Film!
Cast, Images and music are just wonderful, not to mention the theme of the film.
This film is a must see for everyone!!!
James Dean's performance is just excellent, beyond words.
bought this movie for a family member it is a classic in our family love james dean this was a colorized edition and was just as enjoyable as the black and white edition would highly reccomend this movie
I loved everything and disliked nothing about this classic! One of THE BEST EVER!!! It's a shame he James Dean died so young, there will never be another like him!
I absolutely love this movie. Kazan did an amazing job and i am so impressed with the actors and actresses of this movie. i think its a great gift for a oldie-film lover, in fact i bought it for a friend. If you have the means, i highly recommend picking one up.
I love James Dean! So, I ordered this 2-disc dvd set and was so excited to receive it! Great movie and great extras that were included on the 2nd dvd. The wardrobe and screen-tests are amazing and also the documentary included about James Dean. Love, love, love this movie!!
James Dean at his best! Especially love all the bonus feautures on the second disc! Definitely one to add to the collection.
If you like Jmaes Dean you will love it.Shows the love and the big misunderstanding between father and son