Rent East of Eden (1955)

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1h 53min
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Synopsis:
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 favoured brother Aron (Richard Davalos).
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Elia Kazan
Narrated By:
Lou Marcelle
Writers:
John Steinbeck, Paul Osborn
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Awards:

1956 Oscar Best Supporting Actress

1955 Cannes Best Drama

BBFC:
Release Date:
06/06/2005
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
English, French, Italian
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Romanian, Russian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.55:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Richard Schickel
  • Trailer
  • New 50th-Anniversary Documentary "East of Eden: Art in Search of Life"
  • Vintage Documentary "Forever James Dean"
  • Additional Scenes
  • Screen Tests
  • Wardrobe, Costume and Production Design Tests
  • 19 March 1955 New York Premier Footage
Disc 1:
This disc includes the main feature and special features:
- Commentary by Richard Schickel
- Trailer
Disc 2:
- New 50th-Anniversary Documentary "East of Eden: Art in Search of Life"
- Vintage Documentary "Forever James Dean"
- Additional Scenes
- Screen Tests
- Wardrobe, Costume and Production Design Tests
- 19 March 1955 New York Premier Footage
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/11/2015
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
Castilian Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0, Czech Dolby Digital 1.0, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 3.0, German Dolby Digital 3.0, Italian Dolby Digital 3.0, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
Brazilian, Castillian, Chinese, Complex Mandarin, Danish, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, German Hard of Hearing, Hebrew, Italian, Italian Hard of Hearing, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, Turkish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Richard Schickel
  • Trailer
  • New 50th-Anniversary Documentary East of Eden: Art in Search of Life
  • Vintage Documentary Forever James Dean
  • Additional Scenes
  • Screen Tests
  • Wardrobe, Costume and Production Design Tests
  • 19 March 1955 New York Premiere Footage

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Reviews (2) of East of Eden

Very irritated - East of Eden review by MR

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27/10/2020

To get sent this disc of ‘bonus material’ as a separate choice just feels like a con. A complete waste of a film and we did not even consciously ask for this. Going straight back! 

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Glorious Cinemascope. - East of Eden review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
09/05/2021

Kazan's version of John Steinbeck's epic 1952 novel only tells the last part of the story and simplifies what it does put on screen. It is a loose updating of the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis, which leans on the performance of its debuting star James Dean whose mannered, method inspired performance still works.

 The part of the film that really captured the mood of the times was the generational schism between the introverted, maladjusted Caleb (Dean) and his domineering, righteous father Adam (Raymond Massey). Though with the early part of the novel cut out this relationship was hugely simplified. The search by the adolescent character for personal identity and freedom was a sensation for the first teenage generation of the fifties.

 What most attracts now is Kazan's spacious, artistic rendition of the Salinas Valley in cinemascope. Visually, and with Dean's acting, the film feels like a big leap forward. It is a beautiful production. The colour and camera effects still look amazing. The period of rural California on the brink of World War I is superbly realised.

 Sadly the film ends badly with Cal seeking and finding understanding from Adam on his stubborn father's death-bed, which negates everything else in the film. But, though the plot is a little overstuffed, it remains an unflagging, epic story about all the big biblical transgressions, of right and wrong and the sins of the father being visited on the sons. And the legend of James Dean is still alive in the only starring film released before his death.

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