Classic Movie Discussion Group
Public is invited to a free viewing and discussion of the movie “East of Eden (1955, 117 min.)”The viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday October 11, 2017 at 6 pm with Jerry Lincecum leading the discussion.
East of Eden (1955) is director Elia Kazan’s updated re-telling of the Biblical story of rival brothers, Cain and Abel and a paradise lost. Writer Paul Osborn’s screenplay adapted John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel with the same title for this dramatic Warner Bros. film. [The film tells only a small portion of Steinbeck’s work, leaving out the childhood of the parents and the Chinese character of Lee.] One of the film’s posters exclaimed:
East of Eden is a story of explosive passions and Elia Kazan has made it into a picture of staggering power.
James Dean represents the unappreciated son Cal (representing Cain) who vies against his dull, stuffy brother Aron (representing Abel) for the affections of their father. The maligned Cain character, representing the unlikeable and outcast Kazan himself (for naming names before the HUAC Committee in 1952), becomes the hero of this film. As the poster stated, “Sometimes you can’t tell who’s good and who’s bad!…” (This was the only one of James Dean’s three major films released before his death.)
The film, set in 1917 at a time just before the US entry into World War I, portrays the relationship between insecure, tortured, neurotic loner Caleb “Cal” Trask (James Dean, his first major role and film) and his dutiful, favored brother Aron (Richard Davalos) – twin sons. Their father is a stern, hardened, devoutly religious, self-righteous man, Adam (Raymond Massey), a lettuce farmer living with his family in Salinas, California.
The free viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 6 pm, with Walter Brice & Jerry Lincecum as organizers. To receive an email notice a couple of days before the showing send email to email@example.com type ”send movie notice” with name, phone and email.
Popcorn and lemonade furnished. Bring your soda and chair pillow and invite a friend.
CLASSIC FILM GROUP: SCHEDULE FOR Nov.-December 2017
November 8: “Harvey” (1950, 104”)
Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) is a middle-aged, amiable though somewhat eccentric man whose best friend is an invisible 6′ 3½” tall rabbit named Harvey. As described by Dowd, Harvey is a pooka, a benign but mischievous creature from Celtic mythology who is especially fond of social outcasts (like Elwood).
December 13: “The Hanging Tree” (1959, 106”)
Set in the gold fields of Montana during the gold rush of the 1860s and ’70s, this Western stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, George C. Scott and Karl Malden. The story follows a doctor who saves a criminal from a lynch mob, then learns of the man’s past and tries to manipulate him.