East of Eden

East of Eden (1955)

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Directed by: Elia Kazan

Starring: Burl Ives, James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey

Genres: Drama

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Cal Trask: Man has a choice and it's a choice that makes him a man.

Cal Trask: It's gonna work because it's got to work and it's got to work because I said so.

Cal Trask: I've been jealous all my life. Jealous, I couldn't even stand it. Tonight, I even tried to buy your love, but now I don't want it anymore... I can't use it anymore. I don't want any kind of love anymore. It doesn't pay off.

Abra: But you must give him some sign, Mr. Trask, some sign that you love him... or he'll never be a man. All his life he'll feel guilty and alone unless you release him.

Cal Trask: Hey Aron, why don't you ask me where I've been?
Aron Trask: Would you tell me?
Cal Trask: No.

Continuity mistake: When James Dean's mom writes out a check for $5000 and gives it to him, she licks the envelope first, but when she actually hands over the envelope to him, it's clearly not sealed.

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Trivia: During the "punishment" bible reading scene, while James Dean was reading out loud, he was swearing under his breath. This was to evoke anger from the actor who played his father - he was a devout Christian.

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Question: Shouldn't there be more people on bicycles? I think a lot of people rode bicycles during this time. At least in the Monterey area. Probably not on the farm as much. People became very car happy in the 50s. Also, the haircuts are very 1940s / early 1950s.

Answer: Many earlier Hollywood movies were often less concerned about recreating a precise historical time period and instead evoked the era's atmosphere. Audiences then were less discerning or knowledgeable about history and details regarding hairstyles, makeup, clothing, manners, etc. which were sometimes diluted, glossed over, and often wrong. More people may have ridden bicycles during that era but many had cars, though it's unessential to the plot either way.

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