About the Show
In the summer of 1955, it seemed as if all of Hollywood descended on the dusty West Texas town of Marfa as production began on the film Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. Based on Edna Ferber's controversial novel, Giant was a different kind of western, taking an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions, and at the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest. The film earned ten Academy Award nominations, with a win for George Stevens as Best Director. Sixty years later, a documentary crew returns to Marfa to explore the dramatic story behind the making of the film and its enduring legacy, combining interviews with the surviving cast and crew with the recollections of residents who participated in the production, many of whose lives mirrored the controversial themes of racism and segregation explored in the film.