The filmmakers are expanding their relationship with a multi-year financial commitment to support education and restoration of classic films.
A result of the renewed relationship announced Friday, a 4K restoration of Warner Bros. will world premiere at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Prior to the screening at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, TCM CEO Ben Mankiewicz will hold a conversation with Steven Spielberg, executive director Margaret Bodde, and George Stevens Jr., whose father George Stevens directed the film, featuring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean.
The Film Foundation has restored more than 900 classic films since Martin Scorsese's creation 30 years ago. Giant was hand-picked as one of the group's latest restoration projects, working with the Warner Bros. archives team for a year to complete the process.
Everything that presumes to be Giant better have the goods to maintain such a lofty promise, said Spielberg. Both Edna Ferber and George Stevens far exceeded the title to bring an epic American story to the big screen, and I'm grateful to have been a minor part of the restoration team of this classic motion picture.
Stevens won the best director Oscar for Ferber's controversial novel, which was a massive box office hit, and garnered ten Academy Award nominations overall.
For the first time on the big screen, Giant exposed the marginalization and segregation of Mexican Americans. Taylor, in her role as Leslie Benedict, portrays a strong and proactive woman who helps combat injustice.
The new 4K restoration was completed by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services, sourcing both the original camera negatives and protection RGB separation master positives for the best possible image. The audio was mainly from a 1995 protection copy of the Original Magnetic Mono soundtrack.