35mm 'Scope Print
Also screens on 2.8.17 in In Focus: Hollywood Outsiders
One of Ray's least known films is also acclaimed by many critics as his best, featuring James Mason in one of his finest performances. Mason portrays a small-town schoolteacher who moonlights as a taxi driver to supplement his salary. When he begins taking cortisone to ward off the crippling effects of arthritis, his personality takes on a Jekyll-and-Hyde transformation. Ray's use of CinemaScope photography to frame this intense, close-in psychological drama is even more remarkable than in Rebel Without a Cause; what emerges is a powerful and many-layered vision of the pressures of middle-class life turning its uncomprehending victims into monsters.
- Cyril Hume
- Richard Malbaum
- 'Scope 35mm
- 95 mins
- Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
- Criterion Collection
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The cinema is Nicholas Ray (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2003
The films of Nicholas Ray (program note), Pacific Film Archive, 1973
Bigger than life (review), Variety, Brog., 1956
[Nicholas Ray films] (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)
[Nicholas Ray films] (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group
Films of Nicholas Ray (program note)
Bigger than life (program note)
Bigger than life (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, Penelope Houston
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