Bigger Than Life (1956) [The Criterion Collection #597]
DVD9 (VIDEO_TS) | NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | 01:35:14 | 7,10 Gb
Audio: English AC3 1.0 @ 384 Kbps + English Commentary | Subs: English
Genre: Drama | USA
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.