East of Eden (Two-Disc Special Edition) (Bilingual) [Import]
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Based On John Steinbeck'S Novel And Directed By Elia Kazan, East Of Eden Is The First Of Three Major Films That Make Up James Dean'S Movie Legacy. The 24-Year-Old Idol-To-Be Plays Cal, A Wayward Salinas Valley Youth Who Vies For The Affection Of His Hardened Father (Raymond Massey) With His Favored Brother Aron (Richard Davalos). Playing Off The Haunting Sensitivity Of Julie Harris, Dean'S Performance Earned One Of The Film'S Four Academy Award Nominations.* Among The Movie'S Stellar Performances, Jo Van Fleet Won The Oscar As Best Supporting Actress.
East of Eden is an acknowledged classic, and the starring debut of James Dean lifts it to legendary status. John Steinbeck's novel gave director Elia Kazan a perfect Cain-and-Abel showcase for Dean's iconic screen persona, casting the brooding star as Cal, the younger of two brothers vying for the love of their Bible-thumping father (Raymond Massey) in Monterey, California, at the dawn of World War I. Massey is a lettuce farmer, striving for market domination with an ill-fated refrigeration scheme. Having discovered that his presumed-dead mother (Oscar® winner Jo Van Fleet) is a brothel owner in nearby Salinas, Cal convinces her to finance an investment that will restore his father's lost fortune, but neither money nor the tenderness of his brother's fiancée (Julie Harris) can assuage Cal's anguished need for paternal acceptance that comes nearly too late. Kazan's oblique camera angles and Dean's tortured emoting may seem extreme by latter-day standards, but their theatrics make East of Eden a timeless tale of family secrets and hard-won affection. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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FILM FACT: Awards Win: Academy Award® for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Jo Van Fleet). Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama (Elia Kazan). Golden Globe, Special Achievement Award: Given posthumously for Best Dramatic Actor (James Dean). Cannes Film Festival, Best Dramatic Film (Elia Kazan). Nominations: Academy Award® for Best Actor (James Dean). Academy Award® for Directing (Elia Kazan). Academy Award® for Best Writing and Adapted Screenplay (Paul Osborn). BAFTA Award for Best Film from Any Source. BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor (James Dean).Read more ›
The story finds us in the west coast California communities of Salinas and Monterey in the U.S. pre-war period of 1917.Adam Trask(Raymond Massey)is a gentleman farmer who has two sons,Aron(Richard Davalos) and Cal(James Dean).Adam has showered most of his affections on Aron,which has left Cal very frustrated and bitter towards his dad;longing desperately for the love he has never had.As a result Cal has become shy,defensive and acts out without warning.His father has raised the two boys alone,as he and his wife split many years before,her whereabouts unknown.
Adam grows lettuce and has come up with an idea for refrigerating the product during its long trek by train,so as to keep it fresher until it reaches the markets.He has thrown his entire life savings into the project.In the meantime Cal,who comes and goes at will,has been taking repeated long train rides to Monterey,15 miles away.While there he has been following a certain woman who runs the areas biggest brothel.After one attempt in particular gets him tossed out bodily,he returns and is finally able to walk along the road with her side by side.All he has wanted is to talk with her and when he finally gets his chance he finds out what he has been looking for.The woman is the boys long lost mother.
Back on the farm Adam is preparing his first major crop for shipment.Read more ›
The DVD package is certainly handsome with many welcome bonuses.
Of particular interest is a short screen test segment featuring the two brothers in an intense dramatic confrontation. This revived memories of my first viewing of this classic and made me realize that the nature of this film would have been more suited to the 4:3, black and white format of previous Kazan helmed masterpieces such as A Street Car Named Desire and On the Waterfront.
Kazan was not the only great director to experience teething problems with the recently (1954) introduced gimmick of Cinemascope. But the Studios, convinced that this was the way to woo potential audiences away from their TV sets, cajoled their leading directors to turn out major productions in this format irregardless of aesthetic suitabilities.
No director has ever surpassed Kazan in capturing intense emotional confrontations between individuals, and the focus this requires is diluted and diminished by the widescreen format. Kazan does throw in some fine panoramic vistas of the stunning filming locales, but these are only fleeting moments that are not really central to the unfolding drama. Kazan skews camera angles in an attempt to add tension, but just plain old black and white and a more confined screen space would have been more effective ways to concentrate the action.
Some viewers will probably grouse at the somewhat muted colour transfer, but this film was shot in WarnerColor (synonymous with Ansco Color) which the studios used for several years in order to shave costs.Read more ›
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This is my favourite movie!
My mom loved the book and the movie. She turned me on to the charms of James Dean.
East of Eden,a novel by John Steinbeck, is probably one of the greatest books I have ever read, and I am an english literature teacher. Read morePublished on July 6 2012 by Terry
The movies was in the condition that it had been described and the shipping was rather fast. I would recommend this seller.Published on Jan. 5 2012 by jo74
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