Giant: George Stevens, a Life on Film

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    Marilyn Moss’s Giant examines the life of one of the most influential directors to work in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1960s. George Stevens directed such popular and significant films as Shane, Giant, A Place in the Sun, and The Diary of Anne Frank. He was the first to pair Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy on film in Woman of the Year. Through the study of Stevens’s life and his production history, Moss also presents a glimpse of the workings of ...
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    Marilyn Moss’s Giant examines the life of one of the most influential directors to work in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1960s. George Stevens directed such popular and significant films as Shane, Giant, A Place in the Sun, and The Diary of Anne Frank. He was the first to pair Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy on film in Woman of the Year. Through the study of Stevens’s life and his production history, Moss also presents a glimpse of the workings of the classic Hollywood studio system in its glory days.
    Moss documents Stevens’s role as a powerful director who often had to battle the heads of major studios to get his films made his way. She traces the four decades Stevens was a major Hollywood player and icon, from his earliest days at the Hal Roach Studios—where he learned to be a cameraman, writer, and director for Laurel and Hardy features—up to his later career when his films made millions at the box office and were graced by actors such as Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Alan Ladd, and Montgomery Clift.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780299204303
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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Marilyn Moss is a film historian who also holds a doctorate in American literature. A television critic for The Hollywood Reporter, she lives in Los Angeles. She is currently working on a book on William Wyler.
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Table of Contents

Pt. I The early years 1
1 George and Rex, Stan and Ollie 3
2 The RKO years 27
3 The women : the early forties 68
4 Toluca Ville : the war years 101
Pt. 2 The postwar films 139
5 I see America kissing : A place in the sun 141
6 The art of gun slinging : Shane 177
7 Our town : Giant 201
8 The one who cannot be left behind : The diary of Anne Frank 230
Pt. 3 Life and times 267
9 Democratic vista : The greatest story ever told 269
10 Postscript : the only game in town 289
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    Fascinating biography of a great director

    'Giant' is a comprehensive biography of the enigmatic George Stevens, one of the greatest (and most under-appreciated) directors of all time. Moss does a terrific job giving valuable insights into the man's creative process and his films. She captures the mood of the times in which Stevens worked (from the 20s to the 60s) and shows how he directed great stars such as Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Rock Hudson, Montgomery Clift, Cary Grant, Fred Astaire and Katharine Hepburn and guided them to wonderful performances. This is a highly readable biography: well-rounded, packed with information and wonderfully paced. A terrific read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2005

    Disappointing work on one of Hollywood's Greatest

    According to the title, this is a biography. However, for every paragraph Moss writes on the life of Stevens, there are twenty that analyze his works. She should have written two books on him: One on his life, another on his works. This is one of the most disappointing works on a Hollywood icon I've ever read.

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