1956, Warner Bros., 201 min, USA, Dir: George Stevens

Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean (in his last role) star in this sprawling account of the rise of a Texas oil family. Stevens moves back and forth between epic social commentary and intimate family melodrama with ease, and Boris Levin’s stunning art direction is a wonder to behold on the big screen. Stevens won the Academy Award for Best Director.

1951, Paramount, 122 min, USA, Dir: George Stevens

Montgomery Clift delivers arguably his finest performance as a tormented young man in love with socialite Elizabeth Taylor, but weighed down by his past fling with factory girl Shelley Winters. Superb, heartbreaking adaptation by director George Stevens of novelist Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy. Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Director for Stevens.

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