Next month PBS will air a new documentary on the 1956 Elizabeth Taylor classic Giant.

“In the summer of 1955, it seemed as if all of Hollywood had descended on the dusty West Texas town of Marfa as production began on the highly anticipated movie Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Based on Edna Ferber’s novel about three generations of a powerful ranching dynasty, Giant took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and was one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant goes back to Marfa. The film combines interviews with the cast and crew of Giant with the recollections of residents who participated in and witnessed the making of the film, many of whose lives mirrored the controversial themes of the film.”

Children of Giant will air as part of VOCES, a series “devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience” on Friday, April 17, 2015. Check your local listings for details.

 
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