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George Stevens, a Life on Film
Marilyn Ann Moss

Terrace Books

A Place in the Sun
for a director in the Hollywood studio heyday

Marilyn Ann Moss’s Giant examines the life of one of the most influential directors to work in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1960s. George Stevens directed such popular and significant films as Shane, Giant, A Place in the Sun, and The Diary of Anne Frank. He was the first to pair Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy on film in Woman of the Year. Through the study of Stevens’s life and his production history, Moss also presents a glimpse of the workings of the classic Hollywood studio system in its glory days.

Moss documents Stevens’s role as a powerful director who often had to battle the heads of major studios to get his films made his way. She traces the four decades Stevens was a major Hollywood player and icon, from his earliest days at the Hal Roach Studios—where he learned to be a cameraman, writer, and director for Laurel and Hardy features-up to when his films made millions at the box office and were graced by actors such as Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, Alan Ladd, and Montgomery Clift.

Marilyn Ann Moss is a film historian and a scholar of literature. A television critic for The Hollywood Reporter, she lives in Los Angeles. This is her first book.

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Other related books from the Fall 2004 season are:

Murder in Hollywood
Solving a Silent Screen Mystery

by Charles Higham

Walking Shadows
Orson Welles, William Randolph Hearst, and Citizen Kane

by John Evangelist Walsh

cover of Giant has an old photo of Stevens directing on a set

November 2004
320 pp.  6 x 9
20 b/w photos

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