Tino Villanueva Scene from the Movie GIANT

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Scene from the Movie GIANT

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A 14 year-old boy sits in the darkness of the Holiday Theater watching a scene of anti-Mexican racism in a Rock Hudson / Elizabeth Taylore movie. This scene, this memory, is at the heart of Scene from the Movie GIANT, a remarkable book-length poem in five parts by Tino Villanueva. Villanueva excavates the meaning of this scene and in doing so grapples with urgent questions of cultural identity.

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Tino Villanueva (born December 11, 1941, San Marcos, Texas) is an American poet and writer.

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At first, the movie Giant (1956) might seem like a strange symbol on which to base an entire book of poetry. But Giant is a pop culture landmark, mainly because of the larger-than-life status of stars Rock Hudson, James Dean, and Elizabeth Taylor. For Latino poet Villanueva, Giant also serves as an archetype of Anglo treatment of Mexican Americans. The scene that obsesses him, from his 14th year onward, involves the expulsion of a Mexican American family from a hamburger joint owned by a crude racist. For Villanueva, the scene is replayed "up and down the wide screen/ Of memory," revealing every ugly facet of racism and intolerance. Villanueva is a rare talent, able to combine art and politics into one powerful document where he is caught "like a still photograph." Recommended for large collections.
- Daniel L. Guillory, Millikin Univ., Decatur, Ill.
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