East of Eden
James Dean’s powerful presence ignites Kazan’s acclaimed adaptation of Steinbeck’s novel.
Dir Elia Kazan
With James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Jo Van Fleet
Elia Kazan’s adaptation of Steinbeck’s novel – which updates the Cain and Abel story to the California farmlands at the time of WWI – boasts Dean’s feature debut as the ‘bad’ son, anxious that his devoutly religious father (Massey) prefers his brother. He’s also shaken by suspicions about his late mother... Ted McCord’s ’Scope camerawork richly evokes time and place, while the performances are predictably superb.