East of Eden
First screened in November 2007
Director: Elia Kazan. Cast: James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, Richard Davalos, Jo Van Fleet, Burl Ives, Albert Dekker, Lois Smith, Harold Gordon, Nick Dennis, Timothy Carey, Barbara Baxley. Screenplay: Paul Osborn (based on the novel by John Steinbeck).

Twitter Capsule: A tad grandiose, maybe, but Kazan's first color film is as visually enticing as it is emotionally tense. Strong cast.

VOR:   First among equals in Dean's brief filmography? Distinctive yet distinguished in Kazan's. An especially full-bodied literary adaptation, especially by Steinbeck standards.

Photo © 1955 Warner Bros. Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. A–

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Director: Elia Kazan
Best Actor: James Dean
Best Supporting Actress: Jo Van Fleet
Best Screenplay: Paul Osborn

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Special Achievement Award (Dramatic Acting): James Dean

Other Awards:
Cannes Film Festival: Best Dramatic Film

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