Elia Kazan is one of the most influential directors of all time. Throughout his career he was able to bring to life films that inspired us all. Even though his name is unknown to many, his work still lives on as many enjoy them today. In the 1955 film East of Eden based on the John Steinbeck novel.
Following the story of Aron and Cal Trask we are introduced to the lives those around them as America is about to head into World War I. The movie begins with the year 1917 with the two discovering that their mother is still alive running a brothel. The two brothers are sons of a draftsman who has an ambitious plan to go into the vegetable hauling business. Cal decides to go with him after he is heartbroken by learning of his mothers whereabouts. In the meantime, Aron falls in love with a girl named Abra who loves him back. One night when Cal returns from work, he meets up with Abra. The two end up kissing with Aron watching. Abra breaks into tears and decides to stay with Aron. When Cal’s business goes well he decides to give some of his money to his father. While throwing a party in honor of Cal, a jealous Aron announces that he and Abra are engaged. However, things get worse when Aron orders Cal to stay away from Abra. Frustrated with the way that Aron is acting, Cal takes Aron to see their mother. Sadly, things take a turn for the worse when their father has a stroke. With Aron having joined the army, Cal is left alone to care for his father. While visiting him he is visited by Abra who gives him a kiss. In the end, Abra leaves Cal to care for his father.
Elia Kazan brought to life John Steinbeck’s East of Eden in 1955. On September 7, 1909 Elia Kazon was born, making today his 107 birthday. Although he is not hear to celebrate it, many still honor him today with his work.