in about 100 words or less
USA 201m, Colour
Director: George Stevens; Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean
While Giant is largely an entertaining love story between an eastern socialite, Elizabeth Taylor and western rancher played by Rock Hudson, the film’s main subplot examines the issue of racism against Mexican Americans in Texas during the 20th century. In terms social and political attitudes, Giant was one of Hollywood’s most explicit statement on race-relations in the United States during that period, and was also a comment on the differing attitudes towards this subject within the United States. As a multi-generational story, Giant afforded its young stars the opportunity and challenge to grow old within the movie. In this respect, and most others, Giant was great success and an extraordinary achievement in film-making (Klaus Ming April 2009).