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
Bigger than life (review), Monthly Film Bulletin, Penelope Houston
[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)
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