First screened in August 2005
Director: George Stevens. Cast: Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Chill Wills, Paul Fix, Judith Evelyn, Carolyn Craig, Rod Taylor, Mercedes McCambridge, Jane Withers, Robert Nichols, Dennis Hopper, Elsa Cardenas, Fran Bennett, Earl Holliman, Carroll Baker, Sal Mineo, Victor Millan. Screenplay: Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat (based on the novel by Edna Ferber).

Twitter Capsule: I expected a solemn monolith. I was delighted by the boisterous staging and performances, at no cost to its grand ambitions.

VOR:   Written on the Wind may connect lusts for oil, sex, and dynasty even more acutely (and in half the time), but Giant still cast a long shadow. Bellwether of prime-time soaps, too!

Photo © 1956 Warner Bros. Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: George Stevens
Best Actor: James Dean
Best Actor: Rock Hudson
Best Supporting Actress: Mercedes McCambridge
Best Adapted Screenplay: Fred Guiol & Ivan Moffat
Best Art Direction (Color): Boris Leven; Ralph S. Hurst
Best Costume Design (Color): Moss Mabry & Marjorie Best
Best Film Editing: William Hornbeck, Philip W. Anderson, and Fred Bohanan
Best Original Score (Comedy/Drama): Dmitri Tiomkin

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: George Stevens
Most Promising Newcomer (Female): Carroll Baker (also cited for Baby Doll)

Other Awards:
Directors Guild of America: Best Director

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