East of Eden
Fiction, USA, 1955, color, 115’
Direction: Elia Kazan Screenplay: Paul Osborn (based on John Steinbeck’s book of the same name) Cinematography: Ted D. McCord Music: Leonard Rosenman Cast: Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Richard Davalos Production : Warner Bros Distribution & Digital Restoration (DCP): Park Circus
Dean’s electrifying debut in Kazan’s classic Freudian melodrama defined his screen persona –the mixed-up, hurting teen desperate for love, alienated and “acting out” though essentially good and misunderstood. Kazan worked closely with John Steinbeck to adapt his sweeping epic of the same name. A Cain and Abel story about two brothers who fight for the attention of the stern patriarch as they come of age and fall in love with the same woman. Filmed in Cinemascope, which highlights the explosive emotions and psychological intensity, the camera angles and painterly American landscapes, the film offers one of cinema’s most memorable and harrowing portraits of familial discontent.