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A classic John Steinbeck novel becomes a classic film directed by Elia Kazan. With James Dean, Julie Harris, Raymond Massey and an Oscar-winning performance by Jo Van Fleet as a madam with ties to Dean's family.

A variation of Cain and Abel, this is the story of a wayward young man (James Dean) who, while seeking his own identity, competes against his brother – the favored son – for the affection of their deeply religious father. This is the first of three films in which Dean played the male lead, and the only one released during his short lifetime.

Reception and informal discussion follows the screening with Barry Paris, long time Pittsburgh Post Gazette movie critic. Co-sponsored by PittArts.

Meet in lobby before film screening @ 7pm.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Always wanted to see this film and even happier that I saw it with Barry Paris who provided commentary on the Actor's Studio, Stella Adler and the film too!

    February 9, 2013

  • EdScheid

    Impressive on a big screen. Barry Paris gave very entertaining and insightful comments.

    February 9, 2013

  • Mark B.

    This film is one of my favorites- the screw-up son tries to make good; the scene where they roll back the door to the train car- all his good intentions going bad right there on the tracks. Sorry I can't be there. Will look great on the big screen!

    February 7, 2013

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