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Giant (James Dean season)

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This Hollywood studio epic was James Dean’s final screen role.

Adapted from a best-selling novel, the story spans two generations, beginning with a chance encounter between Benedict (Rock Hudson) and Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor) and tracing a course of social change, by following the fortunes of a wealthy ranching family and its rivalry with cowboy, and later Oil Tycoon, Jett Rink (James Dean).

This 1956 film has been seen as a generational split between acting styles, with Hudson and Taylor’s more traditional performances going up against Dean’s more naturalistic brand of characterisation. Dennis Hopper adds a dash of fuel to the mix with some fiery scenes of his own.

‘At well over three hours, Giant certainly lives up to its title. But the performances are outstanding, not least that of the twenty-four year old James Dean, who was tragically killed in a car crash shortly after completing his part. Director George Stevens does justice to the immensity of the Texas landscape, and, unusually for the time, the film deals interestingly with both racial and class differences’ Edward Buscombe -1001 movies to see before you die

‘Near-legendary epic based on Edna Ferber’s novel. Holds up beautifully. Hudson’s best performance, close to Taylor’s best. George Stevens won an Oscar for his direction’ Leonard Maltin’s Film Guide

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