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July 16, 2008

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along the lines of racial transformations in movies a truly stunning example is Giant, directed by the supposedly right-wing george stevens. this film which i recently saw again after many years is an inspired and wise allegory on sexual and racial prejudice. james dean actually represents a black man -- a conceit that's literalized when he gets so completely covered by oil that he looks like the tarbaby! and rock hudson's hardly-a-secret homosexuality is insightfully meditated upon, especially in the closing scene where liz taylor consoles rock after he loses a brawl. i have not seen the coward and would like to see it. giant is a film perhaps in the same tradition but "veiled." "all men would be cowards if they dared." -- John Wilmot

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