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Mason's gift for cold-eyed madness is heightened by Ray's exuberantly lurid approach.
James Mason has picked a powerful subject for his first 20th-Fox production and delivers it with quite a bit of dramatic distinction in carrying out the supervisory duties and as the male lead.
It's hard to think of another Hollywood picture with more to say about the sheer awfulness of 'normal' American family life during the 50s.
Those who remember the creeping terror and eeriness of Mr. Roueché's real-life yarn will be sorry to learn that there is little terror or eeriness in the film.
This is Rebel Without a Cause for the grown-up world.
The film presents viewers with an ambiguity that's almost Brechtian in its political implications.
...an amazing critique of conventional 1950s morality...
A masterful melodrama whose aesthetic beauty works in service of a stinging social critique.
...is a dark cautionary tale about suburban ennui that feels like an unacknowledged antecedent to the AMC TV series Breaking Bad.
The epitome of a social problem film, in which the "crisis of conformism" bursts open in every single tension-producing frame.
[D]rop the 'Reefer' and call this film 'Cortisone Madness.'
It's all horrifying, and its eerie resemblance to the McCarthy-esque paranoia and fear that swept the nation makes Bigger Than Life extremely powerful.
I liked it. Actually, I really, really liked it. Give me more. Damn it, I need MORE!
wow. james mason is seriously frightening as he slowly loses his grip on reality due to prescription drug addiction. a great look under the idyllic facade of the 50's
this film made me get n the edge of my seat.
Bigger Than Life is a movie I've looked forward to for a few years since seeing Martin Scorsese's Journey Through American Movies. Seeing James Mason in the throes of psychosis about to murder his son and claiming GOD WAS WRONG for not having Abraham kill Isaac was enough to add this to my must see list. Bigger Than Life is a hell of a lot like a Douglas Sirk movie with less saturated colors and slightly less melodrama. Mason is great as the All-American dad who goes nuts after getting addicted to cortisone and Walter Matthau as his plot device/friend. As good a job as Mason did in his decent into madness, Nicolas Ray's direction was the real standout here. Worth the ride if you can get your hands on it.
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