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Gay Icons Rock Hudson, Liz Taylor’s Restored Giant Gets New Screening

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Giant, the sprawling saga of Texas ranchers and oil barons from the 1920s through the 1950s, now in a 4K digital restoration.The restoration will have its premiere Friday and Saturday at the Fine Arts Theatre Beverly Hills, a movie palace built in 1937.

Screenings are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. each day, and the 8 p.m. screening Friday will start with a half-hour panel discussion about the restoration.Giant, released in 1956, has a cast that includes gay and bisexual stars as well as performers who are icons to the LGBTQ+ community.

It features Rock Hudson as rancher Bick Benedict; Elizabeth Taylor as his independent-minded wife, Leslie; Mercedes McCambridge as his butch sister, Luz; and James Dean as Jett Rink, an impoverished ranch hand who gets rich from an oil strike.

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