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East of Eden (1955) Elia Kazan, James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris, Drama, Romance

East of Eden (1955)
In this film based on John Steinbeck’s epic novel, Cal Trask (James Dean), the son of a California farmer (Raymond Massey), feels that his father cares only about his brother, Aron (Richard Davalos). When Cal embarks on a business venture to gain the favor of his dad, he finds himself dealing with his estranged mother (Jo Van Fleet), now the owner of a brothel, and tensions in the family rise even further when he begins to fall for Aron’s girlfriend, Abra (Julie Harris).
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) Elia Kazan, Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Drama, Romance

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
In Brooklyn circa 1900, the Nolans manage to enjoy life on pennies despite great poverty and Papa’s alcoholism. We come to know these people well through big and little troubles: Aunt Sissy’s scandalous succession of “husbands”; the removal of the one tree visible from their tenement; and young Francie’s desire to transfer to a better school… if irresponsible Papa can get his act together.
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