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Bigger than life

Author: Cyril HumeRichard MaibaumJoe MacDonaldJames MasonNicholas RayAll authors
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2010.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 507.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system   Computer File : English : Special ed., widescreenView all editions and formats
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When a friendly, successful suburban teacher and father 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Videos (dvd)
Film adaptations of magazine articles
Feature films
Fiction films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Cyril Hume; Richard Maibaum; Joe MacDonald; James Mason; Nicholas Ray; Barbara Rush; Walter Matthau; Robert Simon; Christopher Olsen; Roland Winters; Rusty Lane; Rachel Stephens; Kipp Hamilton; David Raksin; Lionel Newman; Lyle Wheeler; Jack Martin Smith; Walter M Scott; Stuart Reiss; Louis R Loeffler; Charles Le Maire; Mary Wills; Edward B Powell; Berton Roueché; Geoff Andrew; Jonathan Lethem; Susan Ray; Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation.; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604652468 1604652462
OCLC Number: 550640983
Language Note: In English with optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Based on an article in the New Yorker by Burton Roueché.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1956.
Bonus features: Audio commentary by Geoff Andrew; "Profile of Nicholas Ray" a half-hour interview with the director; Interview with Jonathan Lethem featurette; Interview with Susan Ray featurette; Theatrical trailer; Booklet. "Somewhere in suburbia" essay by B. Kite.
Credits: Music, David Raksin ; conducted by Lionel Newman ; art direction, Lyle R. Wheeler, Jack Martin Smith ; set decorations, Walter M. Scott, Stuart A. Reiss ; film editor, Louis Loeffler ; executive wardrobe designer, Charles LeMaire ; costumes designed by Mary Wills ; orchestration, Edward B. Powell.
Cast: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Robert Simon, Christopher Olsen, Roland Winters, Rusty Lane, Rachel Stephens, Kipp Hamilton.
Description: 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (22 p. : col. ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; widescreen (2.55:1) presentation enhanced for (16:9) televisions; Dolby digital mono.
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 507.
Responsibility: Twentieth Century Fox presents a Cinemascope picture ; story and screenplay by Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum ; director of photography, Joe MacDonald ; produced by James Mason ; directed by Nicholas Ray.

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When a friendly, successful suburban teacher and father 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."--Jacket

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