Giant: George Stevens, a Life on Film

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University of Wisconsin Press, Nov 9, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 340 pages
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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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User Review  - John Kennedy - Goodreads

Surprisingly, this is the only in-depth bio of one of America's greatest filmmakers. He didn't direct that many pictures--only 25 feature films in 36 years, and nine of those were in his first four ... Read full review

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User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

George Stevens, to me, is very nearly a perfect film maker. I was thrilled when I read this book was coming out, I was not disapointed. A good read, a good examination of is films. Read the book, then find George Stevens Jrs.' documentary, it's excellent, too! Read full review


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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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