Bigger Than Life - Official Trailer
Though ignored at the time of its release, Nicholas Ray’s Bigger Than Life is now recognized as one of the great American films of the 1950s. When a friendly, successful suburban teacher and father (James Mason, in one of his most indelible roles) is prescribed cortisone for a painful, possibly fatal affliction, he grows dangerously addicted to the experimental drug, resulting in his transformation into a psychotic and ultimately violent household despot. This Eisenhower-era throat-grabber, shot in expressive CinemaScope, is an excoriating take on the nuclear family that it came in the day of Father Knows Best makes it all the more shocking—and wildly entertaining.
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- Rating: NR
- Review: James Mason gives a shattering performance in Nicholas Ray's BIGGER THAN LIFE, an extraordinarily rich study of mid-1950s malaise, hidden under the guise of being a medical case history of a man who undergoes a radical personality transformation after taki… (more)