Ray’s scathing satire of American suburbia is one of the best films of its decade and is much sharper than the better-known REBEL. What other 50s film could include the line, ‘God was wrong!’? Mason plays a mild-mannered father driven mad by a miracle drug that will save his life yet rip his family apart. The wide ‘Scope frame emphasises the homely claustrophobia.
Bigger Than Life
Directed by Nicholas Ray