Our humble little movie club is screening John Steinbeck's "East of Eden" this month....feel free to tagg along and watch it with us - wherever you live in the world !! We will be watching it on the 18th of February, and as a new twist to our movie club, will be leaving review comments afterwoods - please feel free to watch and leave your comment on this film after the watch date too !! You dont need to be in the same room with us to be a part of our movie club !!
East of Eden (1955) is director Elia Kazan's updated re-telling of the Biblical story of rival brothers, Cain and Abel and a paradise lost. Writer Paul Osborn's screenplay adapted John Steinbeck's 1952 novel with the same title for this dramatic Warner Bros. film. [The film tells only a small portion of Steinbeck's work, leaving out the childhood of the parents and the Chinese character of Lee.] One of the film's posters exclaimed:
East of Eden is a story of explosive passions and Elia Kazan has made it into a picture of staggering power.
James Dean represents the unappreciated son Cal (representing Cain) who vies against his dull, stuffy brother Aron (representing Abel) for the affections of their father. The maligned Cain character, representing the unlikeable and outcast Kazan himself (for naming names before the HUAC Committee in 1952), becomes the hero of this film. As the poster stated, "Sometimes you can't tell who's good and who's bad!..." (This was the only one of James Dean's three major films released before his death.)