East of Eden (1955)
East of Eden
Classics / Drama
Directed by Elia Kazan
Cast: James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Richard Davalos and Jo Van Fleet
The film is set in 1917 during World War I in the cities of Monterey and Salinas in California. Cal and Aron are young adult brothers and the sons of a simple achieving farmer and wartime draft board chairman by the name of Adam Trask. Cal is capricious and bitter, for he feels his father prefers Aron over him. Cal and Aron have always thought that their mother had passed away and was up in the heavens, yet in the beginning of the film, Cal has discovered that his mother is not dead and is the owner of a brothel in Monterey, close to their farm in Salinas.
When the father’s unrealistic plan for a growing vegetable shipping partnership proposition fails with him losing a ton of money, Cal sets his eyes on the bean-growing business. It’s his way of compensating the money his father lost. He is aware if the United States goes to war, the price of beans will be way more expensive. Cal anticipates in joining this new business, he will finally receive the love and appreciation he desperately wants from his father. To get the money he needs, he goes to his mother Kate and she unwillingly provides him with $5,000. Problems start to arise when Aron’s girlfriend Abra starts to have feelings for Cal, which he starts to feel the same way about her.
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Directors: Elia Kazan
Actors: James Dean, Burl Ives, Raymond Massey