Libraries Celebrate Texas Film

April 23, 2012

"A Celebration of Texas: Literature, Music & Film" will come to a close this Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m.in the Den of the Bill Daniel Student Center with the final event "A Celebration of Texas Film: The Cultural Impact of Giant on the Idea of Texas."

The event will explore the impact of the 1956 movie through a screening of Return to Giant, a documentary about the film by Baylor graduate Kirby Warnock, and a panel discussion. The celebration is free and open to the public and will include complimentary Vitek's BBQ.

Edna Ferber wrote the epic novel Giant after being inspired by the rise of Texan Glenn McCarthy to prominence and wealth thanks to Texas oil discoveries, as well as the February 13, 1950 Time cover article. Shortly after, George Stephens turned the story into a film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. The movie depicts the transformation of Texas' economy from ranching to oil, and The Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Though "A Celebration of Texas" concludes with the celebration of Texas film, the traveling "Texas Writers" Humanities Texas exhibit will continue to be open to the public during regular business hours at Moody Memorial Library for the remainder of April and May.

This event is sponsored by the Baylor Libraries, the English Department, the Film and Digital Media Division of the Department of Communication Studies and Student Activities.

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.