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...
Première réalisation en couleurs d'Elia Kazan qui est une superbe et scrupuleuse adaptation du chef-d'oeuvre de Steinbeck pour un drame "familial" devenu un classique américain ayant permis de révéler, de valoriser l'indéniable présence de James Dean... www.cinefiches.com
3-4. A low-key family drama, elevated in particular by a searing performance from James Dean. I have some quibbles with the moral premises from which the movie makes some of its points, but it's fair ENOUGH that I can readily give it a pass on its themes about love and moral puritanism.
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.
Oh Julie Harris...forever to be neglected, on screen at least. Her performances in this film, "The Haunting," "Reflections In A Golden Eye," I Am a Camera" and, above all, "A Member of the Wedding" should have vouchsafed her a special place. She belongs with the lyrical and poetic Vanessa Redgrave and (the also neglected) Blythe Danner...and, maybe, Lillian Gish.
Irrespective of it being a good or a bad adaptation, East of Eden is a masterpiece in that Kazan's sense of composition is superb. (There can only be true artistic value to a film if there is a sense of mise-en-scène, i.e. aesthetics.) Further, it is not about James Dean being a gifted actor it is about him being an element of the aesthetics of the composition. He is blessed with the potentiality of mythical status.