Bigger Than Life

Dir. Nicholas Ray. 1956, 95 mins. 35mm. With James Mason. In one of his strongest films, Nicholas Ray offers a harrowing (and widescreen Technicolor) vision of American suburbia gone awry. Mason starred in and produced this mind-boggling drama about a schoolteacher whose addiction to cortisone turns him into a madman. “Isn’t daddy acting a little foolish?” wonders his son as his father’s psychosis turns his family’s “normal” life upside down.

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