East of Eden

Dir: Elia Kazan
Cast: James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey
118mins   1955   USA   PG   English   

In this film based on John Steinbeck's epic novel, Cal Trask, the son of a California farmer, feels that his father cares only about his brother, Aron. When Cal embarks on a business venture to gain the favour of his dad, he finds himself dealing with his estranged mother, now the owner of a brothel, and tensions in the family rise even further when he begins to fall for Aron's girlfriend, Abra.

Not only one of Kazan's richest films and Dean's first significant role, it is also arguably the actor's best performance - Kenneth Turan, L.A Times

This film is screened for the Book to Film Club so please book the Course Participant ticket and arrive at 10:30 if you wish to take part in the introduction and post film discussion.


Thu 5 November