Monday Nights with Oscar Presents "Giant"
A George Stevens Lecture Series event
With special guest Carroll Baker
In the 1956 film adaptation of the novel by Edna Ferber, screenwriters Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat bring to life the saga of a family of Texas ranchers headed by Jordan "Bick" Benedict (Rock Hudson) and his wife, Maryland socialite Leslie Lynnton (Elizabeth Taylor). Spanning several decades, George Stevens's "Giant" is drama on a grand scale, confronting themes of family expectations, class warfare, alcoholism, discrimination against Mexican Americans, and how the oil industry transformed a generation of Texas ranchers into super-rich oil barons. The star-studded cast also includes James Dean in his final role, Dennis Hopper, Mercedes McCambridge, Carroll Baker, Earl Holliman and Jane Withers.
"Giant" was nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture, but received only one, given to Stevens for Directing. This 55th anniversary screening celebrates the life and legacy of Stevens and is presented as part of the George Stevens Lecture Series, established by the Academy in 1981 after Stevens's personal papers were donated to the Margaret Herrick Library by George Stevens Jr.
Special guest Carroll Baker (Luz Benedict II) appeared in "Giant" shortly before her Oscar-nominated breakout performance in Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll." Baker joined historian Foster Hirsch onstage to talk about making "Giant," working with George Stevens, and being part of our rich history of cinematic art.
Print courtesy of Warner Bros. Running time: 201 minutes.
About George Stevens
Stevens was the recipient of nine Academy Award nominations and two Oscars for Directing, and he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1953. More
- Monday, September 12, 2011
- Academy Theater at Lighthouse International
New York City