Directed by: George Stevens
Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson & James Dean
Based on the novel Giant written by Edna Ferber
"The most effective declaration against racial intolerance ever shown on the screen. Best Picture of the Year." -TIME, 1956
This film spans three generations of land-rich Texans and their struggles within their family, against racial intolerance and the oil industry. Jordan "Bick" Bennedict (Rock Hudson) is a texan rancher who on a business trip to buy a horse meets a beautiful socialite Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor), they almost immediately marry and Bick returns to Texas with Leslie. Leslie soon finds that things work differently on a ranch than in her hometown and quickly sets around to change things. Over the course of the film, many difficulties arise- particularly due to the differing opinions of Bick and Leslie but the resounding feeling is that their love is enough to pull them through.
|James Dean as Jett Rink|
I first watched this film just because I love James Dean and wanted to see everything he had been in- but what I didn't account for was that this movie would become my favourite James Dean performance (beating out Rebel Without A Cause).
The Texan scenery is gorgeous and the costumes are beautiful. I also think that the make-up was exceptional, I have yet to see a film that equals Giant in how well they aged the actors using makeup, hairstyling and clothing, it appeared that the actors actually aged as the characters did- it was so realistic!
If you love watching classic hollywood films, this is definitely one I recommend checking out. However I do warn you the film runs for about 3 1/2 hours, but it goes ever so fast and never gets dry.
|Older Bick (Hudson) and Leslie (Taylor)|
|Luz II, Bick & Leslie's youngest daughter in a beautiful|
Queen of the Parade costume
|Jordan Benedict III (Dennis Hopper), Bick & Leslie's son|
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