GIANT (1956)

Dir. George Stevens

The sweep and grandeur of Edna Ferber's history of Texas as experienced by one turbulent family comes to life again with the world premiere of this new restoration of George Stevens' Oscar-winning classic. Elizabeth Taylor stars alongside the LoneStarState as the Eastern heiress who gets a crash course in Texas customs when she marries rancher Rock Hudson. Competing with the stars are the great plains outside Marfa, TX, where Stevens did location shooting. The production team built the façade of Reata, the family home, on a ranch outside the city, where it still stands. But even the Texas landscape had to take a backseat when James Dean was on screen. His final film performance has become one of the movie's chief attractions—whether it is the mystique surrounding his early death, which transformed him into a cult hero, or the intensity of his performance as Jett Rink, the despised ranch hand who strikes it rich and becomes Hudson's biggest rival. His scenes as the older Jett offer a heartbreaking hint of what he might have accomplished had he lived longer.

In attendance: Jane Withers.

GIANT
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