East of Eden (1955)

Recommended
USA
Feature Film
Director: Elia Kazan
Writers: Paul Osborn, John Steinbeck
Cinematographer: Ted McCord
Composer: Leonard Rosenman
Cast: James Dean, Richard Davalos, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Jo Van Fleet, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker, Harold Gordon

Kazan’s operatic, vaguely camp, and visually adventurous adaptation of Steinbeck’s novel paints a portrait of a family at the point of implosion, as the black sheep of the family (one of two brothers) learns that his mother is not dead (as his father said) but a brothel madam, becomes dangerously close to his brother’s fiancée, and tries to buy his father’s love with a spot of war profiteering. Iain.Stott