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Bigger Than Life (1956)

US 95m, Colour
Director: Nicholas Ray; Cast: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Robert F. Simon, Christopher Olsen, Roland Winters

bigger_than_lifeBigger Than Life is a family drama that examines 1950s American family values, mental illness and drug addiction. Ed Avery, a loving and hard-working husband is diagnosed with a painful and deadly arterial disease for which he is given less than a year to live. His only hope is an experimental drug that triggers unforeseen changes in his personality. Mason’s gradual transformation into a raging psychopath is realistic, unsettling and one of his best (Klaus Ming March 2015).

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One comment on “Bigger Than Life (1956)

  1. SJHoneywell
    03/22/2015

    I like James Mason even in the worst of times, and this is far from the worst. I agree that this is one of his best performances. There is a moment near the end that, from a lesser actor, would come off as camp. In the hands of Mason, it’s absolutely chilling.

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