The legendary epic that's as big as Texas.
Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.
Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.
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James Dean plays an unrecognizable middle-aged, grey-haired, alcoholic playboy... and it's glorious.
who ever thought a movie called GIANT would be so long?
Stevens is my kind of filmmaker. Liz Taylor shrouded in darkness during her pivotal tiff with Rock Hudson, the long-take of Jamws Dean climbing his newly bequeathed wind turbine, the wide shot of James Dean's final screen moment, broken and alone...
less interested in this as A BIG AMERICAN EPIC than i am in its sweep and pull (if THERE WILL BE BLOOD doesn't negate the former reading, it certainly refines and shades it)... how time is dragged forward and everyone is tugged along like on the other side of a yanked carpet, each decision intended vertically but stretched sideways. i suppose most multi-generational portraits do this, but GIANT…
Utilizes the passage of time as a subversion of mise en scène; begins lost and vast, carried by the winds, and ends within the scrambled, cattle-like maze of Modern Texas; a hotel where entire scenes play out as confined urban recreations of scenes which occurred a couple hours before. Such a sprawling narrative requires some degree of separation, and Stevens finds it in Old/New money, a clash in how individuals feel comfortable and thrive in different sorts of spaces. Just remarkable.
Also: Rock Hudson and James Dean fight in a liquor storage room, and are greeted by the harsh meow of a cat, angry at intruding their space and sprinting offscreen. If that doesn't sell you, I don't know what will.
as much as i love rock hudson, if i’d just married him then rolled up on a ranch where a sweaty james dean and his lithe body were slouching all up against pickup trucks, adjusting his cowboy hat, making bad tea and just being generally messy, i would leave rock so fast
There is a dinner table scene at the beginning of the movie during which they are clearly talking about the size of Rock Hudson's dick and let me tell you....it's Giant.
My god, this film turned into an EVENT in my life. I cleared my entire afternoon just to watch it, and it still consumed 7 hours of my day just trying to get through its monstrous 3 hour and 20 minute runtime. But I did it, and here are my thoughts.
Shockingly bold for its time, Giant addresses themes of racism, masculinity, a woman's place in society, and familial drama. None of these themes are ever brushed over lightly— you clearly understand the film's intentions, and even when it got heavy-handed, I still found it commendable.
Looking at the runtime alone, the pacing issue is quite obvious, and the passage of time is very bumpy and awkward. It's even more…
Western Marathon | Film #1: Giant (1956)
Giant is the quintessential romanticized western epic about the clash between wealthy oil tycoons and cattle ranchers in Texas. At a sprawling runtime of 200 minutes, George Stevens hits the right tones to ensure its lightness and watchability amidst all the melodrama and romanticizing of the big American ideals of its time. Think Gone with the Wind, except it's closer to the TV show Dallas (which was actually inspired heavily by Giant) without the cultural and racist baggage.
Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean are a leading trio for the ages, all of whom in their mid-to-late-twenties at the time of filming and yet effortlessly capable of pulling off Stevens' depiction of…
Renowned for being the final of James Dean’s accredited three films, Giant accounts the family of a Texas cattle rancher with an overarching storyline which stretches over decades, and it registers positively in all categories.
Elizabeth Taylor is electrifying as socialite Leslie Benedict with her steel-like moral integrity when she realises the local Mexican workers' circumstances when the lushness of her hometown of Maryland gives way to the desolate and inhospitable Texas desert after she marries Jordan "Bick" Benedict Jr. (Rock Hudson). Upon her relocation to his ranch, she soon makes the acquaintance of hired man Jett Rink (Dean), who comes to be possessed by an intense admiration for her.
William C. Mellor’s cinematography features plenty of remarkable imagery and…
I feel like the following does a great job of representing the spectrum of my sexuality:
1. elizabeth taylor whispering “come on partner, why don’t you kick off your spurs.”
2. james dean with all but the bottom two of his shirt buttons undone, grumbling under his breath while making tea
not long enough!!!
"Money isn't everything, Jett. "
"Not when you've got it."
A film that dares to find out just how much of a 200-minute long runtime you can fill with characters talking about Texas
Epic in length (over 3 hours), in scope (3 decades) in Texas landscapes, and in its title (everything's bigger in Texas). For such a long movie, it actually moves along at a pretty brisk pace, jumping years at a time in minutes. We barely even get to know Luz before she dies. A movie so long is bound to have some scenes better than others. The fight scenes are comically bad, for instance. Angel's return from war is actually quite moving considering we don't even really know him. The far shots of Reata mansion reminded me of Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven. The scene where Jett strikes oil is sheer euphoria. The twin scenes where Bick and Leslie's son and…
An epoch-spanning multigenerational ranch-themed epic, it's tough to ignore that Giant is underserved by the medium here. You get the beginning, and you get the end, but the middle is muddled, the result being that the youthful versions of Taylor, Hudson, and Dean's characters get little resolution and the older versions get little set-up. If only we had big-budget TV miniseries in 1956.
You take what the format can give you, though, and at three-and-a-third hours they squeeze in as much as they can. And of course, it's a theater experience through and through: you'd never get those gorgeous Technicolor vistas on the small screen of the day. The leads manage to smooth over what shortcomings they run into, giving…
Все так масштабно и всеобъемлюще, при этом мелодраматично и в конце вообще очень cheesy.
That James Dean was a mighty fine actor. Easily the highlight of this.
Giant definitely delivers on its name. Clocking in at over 200 minutes, it's a sprawling look at legacy, class, and race while providing sumptuous backdrops and expert performances from its leads. James Dean is so ridiculously good in this, though Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson are also excellent, especially in their quieter moments together. Surprised this didn't sweep the Oscars that year, considering how much better it is than the actual Best Picture winner.
The fistfight at the end of Giant is a fine piece of filmmaking. Rock Hudson, a racist old man, gets his ass kicked. But in doing so, he defends the dignity of his mixed-race grandson and redeems himself.
I wouldn't be surprised if someone watched this today and found it corny at best, or at worst, vapid. What's so special about Hollywood redeeming white racists?
Giant came out in 1956, just two years after Brown v. Board of Education ended de jure segregation in schools, and decades before "separate but equal" would be fully stricken from law. The movie shows the unequal treatment of Mexican-Americans in the Southwest. It shows poverty, it uses slurs like "wetback." But it also shows…
Sure is a giant of a movie. Takes a lot of nerve to watch it. But I finally managed. It's giant in every way Texas should be. More racist, more cows, more dirt, and more oil than ever. James Dean was either given the best amount of screen time or it's just his best performance out of the 3 heavy hitters he made. Elizabeth Taylor was great as well. I love how this was shot. Lots of use of shadows and long takes full of anticipation or rage. They weren't afraid to let Dean hide in the dark. The actors were typically kept in wide shots and mostly composed in the same frame. It was beautiful to see everything in…
Thought for sure Luz and Jett were going to marry…
Does a great job of deconstructing mid-century American ideas on masculinity before its hyper-masculine ending swoops in to undo it all. Dean is a marvel, but its too bad that his character arc is pushed aside at the end as the movie shifts towards a very direct commentary on race (IMO, what it was doing on that topic up to that point was far better). Still, this all works very well even with my quibbles. I was entertained, and it held my attention over all of its incredibly long runtime.
Whatever transfer they're using to stream on HBOMax looks like trash, just a fair warning.
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