Bigger Than Life (1956)

Bigger Than Life is a terrific combination of three film types that flourished in the repressed cinema of the 1950s: the thriller, the suburban melodrama, and the “message movie.” However, a description of its fairly simple premise—James Mason is a teacher addicted to cortisone used to treat a chronic illness—makes it sound less than compelling. The title could be seen as over-compensation for this, but it is accurate. Director Nicholas Ray once again shows that he cannot be pigeon-holed into any single genre. This is another memorable production in his amazing career. Plus, this one comes with a “young” Walter Mautthau. (Was Matthau ever young? Even in his early films, he seems middle aged. Nevertheless, he always enhances productions with his impeccable acting.)

★★★★☆


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