Bigger Than Life

  • Dir: Nicholas Ray

  • USA, 1956, English, 95min, DCP

  • Cast: James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau

“James Mason is terrifying as a suburban schoolteacher and middle-class father whose authority remains virtually unchallenged even as he turns psychotic at work and towards his family, owing to his abuse of an experimental drug prescribed for a rare medical condition. Young Godard ranked this as one of the ten greatest Hollywood sound films, while critic Jonathan Rosenbaum observed that it is a “”profoundly upsetting exposure of middle-class aspirations because it virtually defines madness… as taking those values seriously.””

In Competition, Venice Film Festival

15.6.2019 (SAT): Seminar with Lau Yam and Kiki Fung
Free Admission. Conducted in Cantonese”

 

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

3. While it is the HKIFF’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, HKIFF will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.