Introduced by Cary Darling, Features & Entertainment writer, Houston Chronicle
This sprawling epic covers two generations in the family of wealthy Texas cattle baron Bick Benedict (Rock Hudson), who is married to the strong-willed Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor). Based on the Edna Ferber novel, Giant explores the problems the couple faces adjusting to life together, as well as the politics and prejudice of the time. James Dean—in his final film performance—plays resentful ranch hand Jett. Secretly in love with Leslie, Jett winds up striking oil on his own. Carroll Baker and Dennis Hopper also star.
• Everything you’ve always wanted to know about “Giant” —“Houston Chronicle”
• “Giant”: The National Film of Texas —“Cowboys & Indians”
• Bringing “Giant” to the Big Screen —“New York Times”
• Texas’s Own “Gone with the Wind” —Selvedge Yard
• Elizabeth Taylor’s Summer in Marfa —“Texas Monthly”
• These Are the 50 Greatest Texas Movies Ever. Ever. —“Houston Chronicle”
About the speaker: Cary Darling joined the Houston Chronicle in 2017 where he writes about arts, entertainment and pop culture, with an emphasis on film and media. Originally from Los Angeles and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he has been a features reporter or editor at the Orange County Register, Miami Herald, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In addition, he has freelanced for a number of publications including the Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News.