Powerfully somber dramatics have been captured from the pages of John Steinbeck's East of ed en and put on film by Elia Kazan. It is a tour de force for the director's penchant for hard-hitting forays with life.

Powerfully somber dramatics have been captured from the pages of John Steinbeck’s East of ed en and put on film by Elia Kazan. It is a tour de force for the director’s penchant for hard-hitting forays with life.

It is no credit to Kazan that James Dean seems required to play his lead character as though he were straight out of a Marlon Brando mold, although he has a basic appeal that manages to get through to the viewer despite the heavy burden of carboning another’s acting style in voice and mannerisms.

Only the latter part of the Steinbeck novel is used in the screenplay, which picks up the principals in this Salinas Valley melodrama at the time the twin sons of a lettuce farmer are graduating in the 1917 class at high school.

Julie Harris gives her particular style to an effective portrayal of the girl.

1955: Best Supp. Actress (Jo Van Fleet).

Nominations: Best Director, Actor (James Dean), Screenplay

East of Eden

Production

Warner. Director Elia Kazan; Producer Elia Kazan; Screenplay Paul Osborn; Camera Ted McCord; Editor Owen Marks; Music Leonard Rosenman; Art Director James Basevi, Malcolm Bert

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 114 MIN.

With

Julie Harris James Dean Raymond Massey Burl Ives Jo Van Fleet Albert Dekker
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