Giant

Giant

Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of A Legendary American Film

Book - 2018 | First Edition
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
A narrative of the making of the classic film discusses its production in the isolated wilds of Texas, the achievements of director George Stevens and other key contributors, and how the movie reflected America's rise as a superpower and the flowering ofTexas culture as mythology.

McMillan Palgrave

A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film, marking the rise of America as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity, and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology.

Featuring James Dean, Rock Hudson, and Elizabeth Taylor, Giant is an epic film of fame and materialism, based around the discovery of oil at Spindletop and the establishment of the King Ranch of south Texas. Isolating his star cast in the wilds of West Texas, director George Stevens brought together a volatile mix of egos, insecurities, sexual proclivities, and talent. Stevens knew he was overwhelmed with Hudson’s promiscuity, Taylor’s high diva-dom, and Dean’s egotistical eccentricity. Yet he coaxed performances out of them that made cinematic history, winning Stevens the Academy Award for Best Director and garnering nine other nominations, including a nomination for Best Actor for James Dean, who died before the film was finished.

In this compelling and impeccably researched narrative history of the making of the film, Don Graham chronicles the stories of Stevens, whose trauma in World War II intensified his ambition to make films that would tell the story of America; Edna Ferber, a considerable literary celebrity, who meets her match in the imposing Robert Kleberg, proprietor of the vast King Ranch; and Glenn McCarthy, an American oil tycoon; and Errol Flynn lookalike with a taste for Hollywood. Drawing on archival sources Graham’s Giant is a comprehensive depiction of the film’s production showing readers how reality became fiction and fiction became cinema.



Baker
& Taylor

A larger-than-life narrative of the making of the classic film discusses its production in the isolated wilds of Texas, the achievements of Academy Award-winning director George Stevens and other key contributors and the ways the movie reflected America's rise as a superpower, the ascent of Hollywood celebrity and the flowering of Texas culture as mythology. By the award-winning author of Literary Austin.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250061904
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 Giant-G
Characteristics: 323 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at IPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top