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  • Dir. George Stevens
  • USA
  • 1956
  • 201 min. (+10 min. Intermission)
  • G
  • Newly Restored 4K DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Weekend Classics.

Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Rock Hudson star in a sweeping saga of jealousy, racism and the clash of cultures set in the vast Texas oilfields. Wealthy rancher Bick Benedict (Hudson) and dirt-poor cowboy Jett Rink (Dean) both woo Leslie Lynnton (Taylor), a beautiful young woman from Maryland who is new to Texas. She marries Benedict, but she is shocked by the racial bigotry of the White Texans against the local people of Mexican descent. Rink discovers oil on a small plot of land, and while he uses his vast, new wealth to buy all the land surrounding the Benedict ranch, the Benedicts’ disagreement over prejudice fuels conflict that runs across generations. Presented from a brand new 4K restoration

“George Stevens’s intimate epic GIANT still seems like a wondrous anomaly: sweeping saga of American prosperity that reveals its racist underbelly; glorious star vehicle that upends rigid gender roles; modern Western that questions the validity of frontier land ownership.” —Serena Donadoni, Village Voice