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Basics Critics:74Viewers:73Rusty:81
Category: DramaNotable as: DramaSub-Category: Romance Film, DramaMain subject: dysfunctional familyNarrative location: CaliforniaRuntime: 115 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: CaliforniaDirector: Elia KazanScreenwriter: John Steinbeck, Paul OsbornBased on: East of EdenMusic: Leonard RosenmanCinematography: Ted McCordStars: Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Richard Davalos, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Dekker, Harold Gordon, Lois Smith, Nick Dennis Producer: Elia KazanStudio: Warner Bros.Awards won: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Jo Van Fleet)
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama (Elia Kazan)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (James Dean)
Academy Award for Best Director (Elia Kazan)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Paul Osborn)
BAFTA Award for Best Film
BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film
Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama
Award details: (details at IMDb)

East of Eden is a 1955 film, directed by Elia Kazan, and loosely based on the second half of the 1952 novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. It is about a wayward young man who, while seeking his own identity, vies for the affection of his deeply religious father against his favored brother, thus retelling the story of Cain and Abel. The film stars Julie Harris, James Dean, and Raymond Massey. It also features Burl Ives, Richard Davalos and Jo Van Fleet, and was adapted by Paul Osborn. Although set in early twentieth century Monterey, California, much of the film was actually shot on location in Mendocino, California. Some scenes were filmed in the Salinas Valley. Of the three films in which James Dean played the male lead, this is the only one to have been released during his lifetime and the only one Dean personally viewed in its entirety.

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