Children of Giant

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About The Film

Sixty years after the Hollywood blockbuster that dared tackle the issue of prejudice against Mexican-Americans, CHILDREN OF GIANT explores the cultural and social legacy of the landmark 1956 drama.

Starring a legendary trio—Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean—Giant is the epic story of a powerful West Texas ranching dynasty, and the Anglo-Latino tensions their characters encounter. The film is based on the novel by Edna Ferber, the daughter of a Hungarian-born Jewish storekeeper, whose own encounters with discrimination informed her work. Similarly stirred to address human rights issues after his WWII military service, Oscar-winning director George Stevens embraced the book’s controversial themes of feminism, class division and racial divide in the post-war American Southwest. Foreshadowing the current national political debate over immigration, the lavish production had an enormous impact on the dusty little town of Marfa, Texas, and the Mexican-Americans who saw it as a first exposure to their second-class status. 

Rare behind-the-scenes footage and generous clips from the movie complement interviews with surviving cast and crew, film historians, as well as residents whose lives mirrored the social issues explored onscreen.

Film Details

Running Time: 
85 minutes
Southeast Premiere