East of Eden

Synopsis & Film Details

The 1955 drama, directed by famed filmmaker Elia Kazan, adapts John Steinbeck’s novel about a 1917 California farm family and two brothers who struggle to win their strict, Bible-toting father’s favor. In his first major screen role, James Dean stars as the wayward son who, while seeking his own identity, vies against his brother for the affection of their father. The movie is set in the early 20th Century Monterey, with much of the film shot on location in Mendocino County and the Salinas Valley. Co-starring Julie Harris, Raymond Massey, and Jo Van Fleet, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in her role as the family matriarch. Dean died in a car crash near Cholame just months after the film’s release.

After the screening, Filmworks is proud to co-sponsor Swede Fest 10 at 6 p.m. Swede Fest is the original film festival dedicated to “sweded” films– short, no-budget re-imaginings of your Hollywood favorites. Visit SwedeFest.com for festival details.