Plaza Classic Film Festival Celebrates ‘Giant’ 60th Anniversary with Screening and Exhibit This Year
The Plaza Classic Film Festival will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the movie ‘Giant’ this year in August.
The 1956 movie ‘Giant’ stars Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and Elsa Cardenas and will be part of the El Paso Community Foundation’s ninth annual Plaza Classic Film Festival running August 4-14, 2016 in and around downtown El Paso’s historic Plaza Theatre.
Mexican actress Elsa Cardenas, who played the pivotal role of Juana, will be making a live appearance at the film festival. She will be interviewed on stage by Scott McGee, program production director of Turner Classic Movies with the movie being shown immediately after the interview.
Based on the 1952 best-seller by Edna Ferber (Show Boat), Giant chronicles a quarter century in the life of rancher Bick Benedict (Hudson) and his Eastern-bred wife Leslie (Taylor), the advent of big oil and race relations between Anglos and Mexican-Americans.
Along with the screening of the movie, there will be a free exhibit titled: A ‘Giant’ Story: When Hollywood Came to West Texas, which explores the location shoot in Marfa, its El Paso ties and some of the movie’s main themes.
The free exhibit will run July 28 through September 18, 2016 at the El Paso Museum of History. A ‘Giant’ Story will include costumes designed by Academy Award-winner Marjorie O. Best for Hudson, Taylor and Dean (who died while the movie was in post-production), on loan from the Warner Bros. Corporate Archive, and production art, documents and off-set photographs from the George Stevens Collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The exhibit will also include one-of-a-kind photographs and memorabilia from El Pasoan Wally Cech, who worked as a waitress on the Marfa shoot, and Nancy Hamilton, who covered the movie’s El Paso premiere at the Plaza Theatre on November 8, 1956 for the El Paso Times. Tours, lectures and screenings of related films will be part of the Giant celebration, including a free showing of Austin filmmaker Hector Galan’s 2015 documentary Children of Giant at 2 p.m. Monday, August 8 at the El Paso Public Library auditorium.
Tickets for 'Giant' and all 90 of the movies in this year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival, including the original the Star Wars trilogy, Rocky, Annie Hall and The Music Man. Tickets go on sale July 8, 2016. Festival Passes teen Film Club Passes are available at plazaclassic.com/tickets or by calling 915-533-4020.