"Children of Giant"
Director Hector Galán’s PBS documentary Children of Giant revisits the Texas shoot of George Stevens’ Giant. The documentary explores the racial, social, and cultural divides found in the Texas of Edna Ferber’s book and the film’s script that mirrored those that existed the Angelo and Mexican American residents of Marfa, where Giant was shot in 1955. Giant followed the trials and tribulations of a Texas family headed by Rock Hudson’s Bick Benedict. Elizabeth Taylor played Hudson’s headstrong Leslie. James Dean gave his final film performance as Jett Rink, a blue-collar work who strikes it rich. A box office smash, Giant earned George Stevens an Academy Award for Best Director. He also directed Woman of the Year, The Talk of the Town, Shane, The Diary of Anne Frank, and The Greatest Story Ever Told. Children of Giant features interviews with George Stevens’ son George Stevens Jr., who worked as an uncredited production assistant on Giant, and surviving cast members Elsa Cárdenas and Earl Holliman. The documentary will air 9 p.m. April 17 on KLRU-TV.
Aired: April 16, 2015
Web sites: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenofGiant and http://www.klru.org/schedule/episode/265001/