East of Eden
Director: Elia Kazan
Cast: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Jo Van Fleet
Country of Origin: USA 1955 115 mins.
Released by PARK CIRCUS
James Dean remains a legend and 'East of Eden' is the first of three major James Dean's movies restored in 4K.
This Cain and Abel conflict is Elia Kazan's own version based on part of John Steinbeck's novel. Cal Trask (James Dean) a wayward youth jealous and resentful of his competitive brother Aron (Richard Davalos) longs for the affection of his father (Raymond Massey)
The colour, mood and settings of the Californian Salinas ('Salad Bowl') are beautifully captured by Andy Anderson's cinematography and Jo Van Fleet gives a compelling performance as Kate, Cal's absent mother which won her an Oscar as best Supporting Actress. James Dean gives a Marlon Brando performance which earned him a postumous Academy Award nomination. Burl Ives as Sam, a philosophical sheriff is rock steady and Julie Harris as Abra conveys a haunting sensitivity as Aron's girlfriend who leaves him for the more exciting Cal.
Universal Pictures have renegotiated rights to the John Steinbeck novel and will remake 'East of Eden' with Jennifer Lawrence as Kate.