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Almost everyone knows that East of Eden is based on the novel by John Steinbeck. East of Eden is an epic masterpiece, well worth reading. The film is a separate artwork in a completely different medium that should be judged on its own merits, not compared to the book. For more on this, see my "novel to film mini-rant" in my user profile. The plot is a rough "modern" circa the s retelling of the biblical tale of Cain and Abel, set in and between Salinas and Monterey, California, as an allegory of good versus evil.
But both Steinbeck and screenwriter Paul Osborn weave a dense allegorical tapestry, with those polar ethical opposites becoming less clear-cut as the film progresses. Their father, Adam Raymond Massey , owns a "ranch" upon which he grows lettuce. He sees the attainment of excessive profit as negative, and instead focuses his intelligence and skills on trying to better mankind somehow, the practical upshot of which is that Adam is trying to conquer the problem of the preservation of transported, especially food via refrigeration or freezing.
Adam is sternly frugal and religious, and favors Aron. Thus Cal is something of a hoodlum when the film begins. We see him being belligerent and somewhat self destructive. Aron, in contrast, seems decorous and easy-going, as does his girlfriend Abra Julie Harris. In other words, Cal and Aron are basically presented as Goofus and Gallant at the start of the film. Cal and Aron were told by Adam that their mother was dead. He learns the truth, and the second half covers a number of parallel, somewhat unexpected transformations in the Trask family and their close friends.
This is also paralleled with the burgeoning of World War I, which has a complex impact on these then small California towns. This was one of the earlier "Cinemascope" anamorphic 35mm widescreen, with up to a 2. The results, employing gorgeous California landscapes artfully shot by cinematographer Ted D. One of the more famous scenes features Cal and Abra in a dense, colorful, flower-filled field.
The Warner Color manages to look both intense and subdued at the same time, which fits the atmosphere of the film perfectly. Kazan employs a lot of subtle camera motions and angles to emphasize the drama, including marvelously skewed angles during confrontations between Cal and Adam. The score, by Leonard Rosenman, is also worth mentioning, as the mood of the film hinges on it so much. Ironically, he felt himself an odd choice and initially suggested that Kazan ask Copland to score the film instead.
Of course as a realist drama, the performances in the film are crucial. Dean is outstanding, as one would expect, but so is Harris and the rest of the cast. Aron seems particularly distant to the viewer, for example, which is appropriate to the final state of his character, but which could have been explained better in transformation.
But this is a fabulous film, with grand, biblical and universal subtexts and an unusually developed but extremely charming romance.
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