April 15, 2022
Turner Classic Movies from Warner Bros. Discovery said it is expanding its partnership with The Film Foundation with a multi-year financial commitment to fund education and the restoration of classic films.
The partnership includes the world premiere of the recently restored 4K film from Warner Bros. Pictures GIANT by director George Stevens will be screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Prior to the screening at the TCL Chinese Theatre, TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will host a conversation with The Film Foundation board member Steven Spielberg, executive director Margaret Bodde and the director’s son George Stevens Jr.
“Working with The Film Foundation allows us to preserve these important films for future generations to experience on multiple platforms,” TCM chief executive Pola Changnon said in a statement. “There is so much to learn from classic films, and we are honored to host the world premiere of the 4K restoration of GIANT.”
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Since its founding by director Martin Scorsese more than 30 years ago, The Film Foundation has restored more than 900 classic films. Scorsese and his colleague Spielberg chose this title as one of the band’s last restoration projects, working with the Warner Bros. Archives team. for a year to complete the process.
“Anything that claims to be called GIANT better have the goods to fulfill such a lofty promise,” Spielberg said. “Edna Ferber and George Stevens have gone way beyond the title to bring such an epic American story to the big screen, and I’m proud to have been part of the team restoring this classic film.”
Stevens won his second Oscar for directing the grand family saga set in Texas during the oil boom. GIANT stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, the film’s 1956 release was a huge box office success and garnered 10 Oscar nominations.
The film was also the last screen appearance of Dean, who was killed in a car accident on September 30, 1955.
“I was with my father when writing the GIANT screenplay and he was measuring movies on how well they stood the ‘test of time,'” Stevens, Jr. said.GIANT more than passed that test and would be grateful to Steven, Marty, The Film Foundation and Warner Bros. for carrying out this brilliant restoration, so that a new generation can see GIANT on the big screen, streaming and Blu-ray [Disc].”
Considered by critics to be ahead of its time, GIANT is admired today for the breadth of its humanity more than its epic scale with its broad themes of generational conflict, racial tolerance and social change. It revealed the marginalization and segregation of Mexican Americans for the first time on the big screen. At the center of the film, Taylor, as Leslie Benedict, portrays a strong, progressive woman who takes action to stem patterns of injustice.
The new 4K restoration was completed by purchasing both the original camera negatives and protective RGB separation master positives for the best possible image, and color correcting in high dynamic range for the final image display technology. The audio is primarily from a 1995 copy protection of the Original Magnetic Mono soundtrack. Picture and sound restoration was carried out by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services: Motion Picture Imaging and Post Production Sound.
Festival passes, which include admission to GIANTand the full program of all festival events is available at tcm.com. Individual tickets will be sold on stand-by only during the event. This 4K restoration of GIANT will also be available on HBO Max later this year.