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“…a fascinating and touching documentary…” —National Post

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 movie Giant, starring a legendary trio—Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean—along with young actors Earl Holliman and Elsa Cardenas. 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 movie earned ten Academy Award® nominations, with a win for George Stevens as Best Director.

Now, 60 years later, Children of Giant 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. Featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage and never-before-seen photos, Children of Giant includes interviews with several noted film historians, celebrating a film classic that remains as powerful and relevant today as when it was first released.