Cal Trask, the ‘bad’ son of a California farmer, embarks on a business endeavour to prove his worthiness to his father. Tensions abound when he must deal with his estranged mother and begins to fall for the ‘good’ brothers girlfriend.
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Six decades later, Dean’s performance, whether he’s dancing through bean sprouts stretching to the horizon (Dean’s idea), flinging his body across the street after a fight with Aron, or collapsing against his father’s chest, still has enormous lyrical power.
Elia Kazan’s sun-blissed adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic work on the business of brotherhood suggests at its outset a full-blooded melodrama replete with sturm, drang and clutched fists cursing the skies. The reality is something more poised and low-key which sublimates big plotting in favour of delivering a small coterie of finely textured and complex characters.
In an era of overacting and Hollywoodesque exaggeration, Kazan's mastery at building chemistry between his stars stands out even more. The relationship between Dean and his mother felt awkward to me at times, but besides that I believed every character.
just watched it. I cant explain why every, EVERY, Jimmy's role makes cry. He was more than brilliant, more than great, he just was. And the whole story, the screenplay: everything in this movie is just perfect. Speachless. I'd give infinite stars.
EAST OF EDEN is the only movie which released when James Dean still alive. Director Elia Kazan succeed to create such a complex, yet compelling character study. EAST OF EDEN mainly focus about a young man who lacks of compasion from his parents. Led by super-saiyan level of acting from the late James Dean. This is my favorite movie from him. I think his acting in here is better than in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE...
This modern re-telling of Cain And Abel with a twist,is perhaps Deans finest performance.He plays Cal/Cain,who desires nothing but his fathers love.However,its his brother Aron/Abel who is the apple of his fathers eye.Abra (Harris) creates a further jealousy between the two brothers,which ultimately switches Cal and Arons roles as bad son/good son around.Elia Kazan brilliantly directs this Cinemascope melodrama.