East Of Eden (1955)
The siblings: Cal (James Dean) and Aron Trask (Richard Davalos)
What puts them at odds? The moody, bitter Cal is obsessed with the idea that his father Adam (Raymond Massey) loves his brother Aron more than him.
A retelling of the Cain and Abel story, this is fraternal friction on a Biblical level. Set in 1917 as World War I rages, the brothers compete for daddy’s affections through business, and spar over their feelings for Abra (Julie Harris), who becomes engaged to Aron but secretly loves Cal. The stress leads to Adam suffering a stroke, which actually helps knit the family back together. The tension onscreen was created partly through director Elia Kazan encouraging Dean to get drunk for emotional moments, which led to the actor provoking Massey so the father-son conflict had more spark to it.
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