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Big screen classics

Bigger Than Life

James Mason is superb as a mild-mannered teacher and family man transformed into a tyrant.

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USA 1956
Dir Nicholas Ray
With James Mason, Barbara Rush, Christopher Olsen, Walter Matthau
Certificate 12A

Nicholas Ray’s masterpiece boasts a superb performance by James Mason as the middle-aged, middle-class, mild-mannered teacher who is transformed, by the cortisone prescribed for a potentially fatal medical condition, into a domineering and arrogant egomaniac who tyrannises his family. The bold, eloquent, sometimes expressionist direction is accompanied by acute insights into the social and economic aspirations and frustrations of the postwar American Dream.

The screening on Wed 14 Nov will be introduced by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large.


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