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East of Eden (the 1955 movie)

The interaction between two sets of brothers and two families provides the themes of jealousy and betrayal as well as loyalty and love. Director Elia Kazan attempts to tell about a quarter of the epic John Steinbeck novel, East of Eden. The quarter of the novel that is recounted in the movie is relatively faithful to the text. Actor James Dean made his big screen debut playing Cal Trask in this ‘good son, bad son’ movie classic.

Circulating Books/Movies – A Selected List

  • Kazan, Elia. Kazan: The Master Director Discusses His Films. 1999.

                       Call Number: PN1998.3 .K39 A5 1999

Reference Materials

  • New York Times Film ReviewsCall Number: REF PN1995 .N4

o   1949-58, March 10, 1955, pgs. 2849-2850.

  • Motion Picture GuideCall Number: REF PN1995 .N346 1985

o   Vol. III, pgs. 737-738.

  • Magill’s Survey of Cinema, English Language Films (First Series)Call Number: REF PN1995 .M3

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 488-490.

  • Encyclopedia of Novels into FilmCall Number: REF PN1997.85 .T54 2005

o   Pgs. 111-112.

  • International Directory of Films & FilmmakersCall Number: REF PN1997.8 .I58 

o   Vol. 1, pgs. 276-277.

Research Databases

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  • Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text
  • New York Times Historical Newspapers

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