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  • Deanie (Natalie Wood in an Oscar®-nominated* performance that marked a career turning point toward complex adult roles) is a teenager eager to do what’s right in her 1920s Kansas town. But the emotions she shares with boyfriend Bud (Warren Beatty’s screen debut) are too strong. 

    Soon the conflict between respectable behaviour and human desire will push Bud to physical collapse. And Deanie to madness. Director Elia Kazan encouraged Pulitzer Prize winner William Inge (Bus Stop, Picnic) to turn a true story he heard during his Midwest youth into an Academy Award®-winning* script. The result, Splendour in the Grass, remains as poetic, penetrating and powerful today as it was two generations ago.

  • Based on John Steinbeck’s novel and directly by Elia Kazan, East of Eden is the first of three major films that make up James Dean’s movie legacy. The 24-year old idol-to-be plays Cal, a wayward Salinas Valley youth who vies for the affection of his hardened father with his favoured brother Aron. 

    Playing off the haunting sensitivity of Julie Harris, Dean’s performance earned one of the film’s four Academy Award® nominations. Among the movie’s stellar performances, Jo Van Fleet won the Oscar® as Best Supporting Actress.