East of Eden

Notable mainly for the electrically emotional scenes between Massey as the stiff, stern patriarch, and Dean as the rejected 'bad' son, Kazan's adaptation of Steinbeck's novel, about the rivalry between two teenage boys for the love of their father, is as long-winded and bloated with biblical allegory as the original. That said, it's a film of great performances, atmospheric photography, and a sure sense of period and place (the California farmlands at the time of World War I). A pity, however, about Leonard Rosenman's dreary score, which goes way over the top in attempting to underline the intensity of the various familial conflicts.

Release details

Release date: Monday April 14 2014
Duration: 115 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Elia Kazan
Screenwriter: Paul Osborn
Cast: James Dean
Raymond Massey
Julie Harris
Richard Davalos
Jo Van Fleet
Burl Ives
Albert Dekker
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