Despite its length (over three hours), I've always loved Giant. It's such a quintessentially
graced the wall of my dorm room my freshmen year at college. The film Cool Hand Luke was considered by members of my frat to be "our movie," but I always felt it should be Giant. Anytime I wear cowboy boots (even today), I think about Jett Rink/James Dean.
From the Wikipedia entry:
Giant is a 1956 drama film and was directed by George Stevens. The movie was adapted by Fred Guiol and Ivan Moffat from the novel by Edna Ferber. It stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker, Jane Withers, Chill Wills, Mercedes McCambridge, Dennis Hopper, Sal Mineo, Rod Taylor and Earl Holliman. Giant was the last of James Dean's three films as a leading actor. The film earned James Dean his second and last Academy Award nomination, of three starring roles. He died before Giant was released. Nick Adams was called in to do some voice-over dubbing for Dean's role.
These are some of the more "striking" images created and captured by director George Stevens and his cinematographer William C. Mellor (with occasional description):
Bick Benedict arrives by train in Maryland. Note Reata logo.
a Maryland breakfast
the Benedict/Reata train car logo
two for Texas
Welcome to Marfa!
The first good look at Dean in his last role.
a Texas breakfast (may contain cholesterol)
Leslie - a "real Texian now"
back in Hollywood
Mexican village near Reata
Jett Rink chooses land over $200
Rink walking off his property lines
Dean strikes a "messianic" pose
cattle rancher meets oilman
An "aged" Elizabeth Taylor with a post-oil Reata in the background.
invitation to a hotel opening
parade for Jett Rink