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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.



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Films on Demand Database 

  • East of Eden (SEGMENT)
    • From Title: Elia Kazan
    • DESCRIPTION: This film features the debut of James Dean. Bonnie Greer describes the plot of the film adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel set in California at the turn of the century.
  • Hollywood Fame (SEGMENT)
    • From Title: John Steinbeck: A Concise Biography
    • DESCRIPTION: Steinbeck moved into the top league in Hollywood with the success of the films of his books. With a new, supportive wife, Steinbeck wrote "East of Eden," about the Salinas Valley. The couple moved to Sag Harbor.


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