Giant: George Stevens, a Life on Film [NOOK Book]

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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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Giant: George Stevens, a Life on Film

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Overview

    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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299204334
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 332
  • Sales rank: 915,406
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

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


Contents
Acknowledgements 000
<LINE SPACE>
Part 1. The Early Years
1. George, Rex, Stan and Ollie 000
2. The RKO Years 000
3. The Women 000
4. Toluca Ville: The War Years 000
<LINE SPACE>
Part 2. The Postwar Films
5. I See America Kissing: A Place in the Sun 000
6. The Art of Gun Slinging: Shane 000
7. Our Town: Giant 000
8. The One That Cannot Be Left Behind: The Diary of Anne Frank 000
<LINE SPACE>
Part 3. Life and Times
9. Democratic Vista: The Greatest Story Ever Told 000
10. Postscript: The Only Game in Town 000
<LINE SPACE>
Notes 000
Filmography 000
Bibliography 000
Index 000




Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Stevens, George Cooper, 1904-Motion picture producers and directors United States Biography
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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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