Double Feature

East of Eden

James Dean: Forever Young

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East of Eden

Elia Kazan took on the mammoth task of adapting John Steinbeck’s celebrated opus East of Eden, and he ended up giving the world James Dean. Disaffected post-war kids were drawn to Dean’s brooding style and emotional urgency as prodigal son Cal Trask growing up in WWI-era Salinas Valley. He jockeys with chosen older brother Aron (Richard Davalos) for the attention of his idealistic, principled father (Raymond Massey), searches for a long-thought-dead mother (Jo Van Fleet), and courts affection for his brother’s girl (Julie Harris). East of Eden was the only Dean film he saw released in his lifetime, and supplied the first of his posthumous Oscar nominations. Like the novel, this family saga draws heavily from American history and the Old Testament to meditate, in rather Steinbeck-ian fashion, on the difference between progress and promise.

East is not only one of Kazan’s richest films and Dean’s first significant role, it is also arguably the actor’s best performance.” – Kenneth Turan

“A film of great performances, atmospheric photography, and a sure sense of period and place” – Geoff Andrew, Time Out

 


PLUS

Fred C. Brannon’s action-packed 12-chapter Republic Pictures serial Government Agents vs. Phantom Legion comes to the New Beverly in glorious 35mm! Chapter 12: Blazing Retribution screens before East of Eden.


 

Director
Elia Kazan
Starring
Julie Harris, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Burl Ives, Ricahrd Davalos, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Dekker
Year
1955
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
115 minutes

James Dean: Forever Young

James Dean: Forever Young is a powerhouse documentary packed with rare photos and early television footage detailing the professional career of a screen icon, from his breakthrough Pepsi commercial to his landmark roles in East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant, to his tragic death at the age of 24. Martin Sheen narrates a clip show goldmine of nearly-lost performances, appearances and screen tests, filling in important gaps in the acting life of one of cinema’s greatest superstars.

Director
Michael J. Sheridan
Year
2005
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
88 minutes

Upcoming Showtimes

Wed, May 10
7:30 pm
East of Eden
10:05 pm
James Dean: Forever Young

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Thu, May 11
7:30 pm
East of Eden
10:05 pm
James Dean: Forever Young

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