John Steinbeck's East of Eden

(DVD - 2005 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
John Steinbeck's East of Eden

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The saga of three generations of the Trask and Hamilton families in the early 1900's in Northern California.
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures presents ; screenplay by Paul Osborn ; directed by Elia Kazan
Title: John Steinbeck's East of Eden
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, 2005, c1954
Edition: Widescreen format two-disc special ed
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (118 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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Report This Oct 16, 2013
  • epotter8811 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

East of Eden is certainly a very, very good film boasting a top-notch cast (James Dean, Jo Van Fleet, Julie Harris) and one of the most critically acclaimed directors of all-time (Elia Kazan). Dean grumbles and saunters his way through the film in a deceptively simple yet incredibly effective way as Cal, the troubled son seeking his father's approval (you can almost see where Heath Ledger may have borrowed some of Dean's mannerisms for his turn as Ennis Del Mar in "Brokeback Mountain"). Julie Harris is bright and lovely, giving the film some warmth, and Jo Van Fleet is a dominating, cold presence as Kate, Cal's estranged mother. The problem is that Steinbeck's grand novel deserves a much more in-depth and lengthy adaptation than the one Kazan presents. I would encourage viewers to read Steinbeck's novel before seeing the film to truly understand the depths of these onscreen relationships.


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