Author Don Graham, Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film
This month we’re heading on down to Marfa, Texas, for George Stevens’ 1956 classic Giant. Best you be sittin’ comfortably, because our aim is to make this episode as long as the movie itself!
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Giant (1956) dir. George Stevens, USA
“Giant” (Score) (1956), w & p: Dimitri Tiomkin (available on Spotify)
This month we are joined by Texan author Don Graham, described by the Dallas Morning News as the “premier scholar and critic on Texas literature, films and pop culture.” Don’s latest book is an exhaustive tome all about George Stevens’ masterpiece, published in 2018.
Don Graham holds a Ph.D and teaches the popular long-running class ‘Life and Literature in Texas’ at the University of Texas at Austin. He has previously taught classes on JFK and his assassination, and author Cormac McCarthy, among others.
He has written extensively for Texas Monthly, and you can find his writing archived on their website. You can also read an interview about the book at The New York Times – Tell us 5 things about your book: Bringing ‘Giant’ to the big screen – and a discussion of the book and the film at The Texas Observer website.
The Houston Chronicle took a look back at the movie around the time Don’s book was released, and it’s worth a read.
The Film Spectrum has written an entertaining and very thorough piece on the movie, which is surely worth checking out.
Likewise, our good friend Brian Eggert of Deep Focus Review has also recently tackled this epic as part of a Patreon request. While he wasn’t the film’s biggest fan, his erudite analysis always gives us a great platform for informed discussion.
If you want to follow us on Letterboxd, we’re always logging and rating films we’ve been watching and occasionally Luke will do some pretty in-depth reviews, too.
Thanks again for checking out Celluloid Junkies. Next month we’ll both be your number-one-fans as we dissect one of the greatest screen adaptations of Stephen King’s writing. Until then, don’t forget to check out the archives, or hit up our website.