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East of Eden
I love this movie and the characters it portrays! James Dean only starred in three movies before his untimely death in a car accident. He plays the son, who is always trying to gain his father's love. But his brother, Aaron, seems to have all the love no matter what James Dean tries to do. This story weaves the characters in incredible ways, showing how different personalities perceive love. I enjoy watching it on DVD with the 'special features' bonus. It's a classic!Read full review...
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East of Eden still holds up
I saw this movie when it first came out in 1955 and it still holds up. More importantly is the informational history that is included in the DVD and told me stuff about James Dean that I was not aware of when I first viewed the film. Worth buying the extended edition.Read full review...
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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!!Read full review...
Genesis Transferred to Early 20th Century California
James Dean gave a memorable performance as Cal (Caleb) Trask in this 1955 movie about seeking a father's love and being put down over and over. Raymond Massey plays Adam Trask, a struggling vegetable farmer in Salinas, California, who has raised his two sons alone after being abandoned by his wife, Kathy (Jo Van Fleet). The two sons, Cal and Aron (Richard Davalos) think that their mother is dead until someone leaks the truth to Cal, and he rides a freight train to nearby Monterey and follows her to the house of ill repute that she owns.
Meanwhile, Aron has a girlfriend Abra (Julie Harris) that he plans to marry as soon as they graduate high school. Aron is the favorite son because he is good and doesn't cause Adam any problems. Cal, on the other hand, is moody, rebellious, and challenging on every level. Adam always forgives Cal for his indiscretions because the Bible requires it, but somehow the adjective "bad" becomes the label he wears.
After Cal finally introduces himself to his mother, something clicks inside Cal, and he realizes that he has many of his mother's traits. He starts to understand himself and softens his attitude toward his father. Adam softens too, but feelings just don't completely go away.
Cal's sudden good behavior, however, does change Abra's attitude toward him. They have sveral heart-to-heart conversations, and thus the plot heats up.
This movie produced 4 Academy Award nominations with one win for Jo Van Fleet as Best Supporting Actress. James Dean in his movie debut was nominated as Best Actor; Elia Kazan was nominated as Best Director; and the movie also had a nomination for Best Screenplay Writing.
In a separate dvd we are treated to a complete biography of James Dean and to a feature about how the movie was made. We learn that the lead character Cal was nearly cast to Paul Newman. Marlon Brando considered James Dean a rival. John Steinbeck and Elia Kazan were lifelong friends; both men had similar relationships with their fathers. And more.
This movie was a great debut for James Dean, who only made 3 movies before his untimely death at age 24. If for no other reason than to see him in action, I recommend this movie.Read full review...
I enjoyed the movie and will keep it and see it over again and again.
Excellent movie. Great story and acting. James Dean's first film, if I am not mistaken. I still miss him!
East of Eden---Classroom Use
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?Read full review...
Good but book is so much more entertaining.
Despite the good acting (James Dean was great) the movie lacks everything that makes you not want to put the book version down. For one, there was so much missing in the movie that would have been useful in understanding the characters and points critical to the functioning of the story. If you are a Dean fan you'll enjoy the movie. If you're interested in harsh reality, brilliantly written by Steinbeck, then please get the book. It's a fantastic read!Read full review...
East of Eden
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.Read full review...
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.Read full review...
EAST OF EDEN
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.Read full review...