“A handful of hope that became a fistful of hell”

I’d seen it before, but as my brief DVD review below kind of indicates, watching the kind of amazing new Criterion edition of Nicholas Ray’s “Bigger Than Life” was an exceptionally powerful experience for me. It’s got all the slick professionalism and entertaining wit of any studio film from the mid-fifties, but on a more subtle level it’s almost crude and points the way to film to the new style of American filmmaking to come. It was also, in a funny way, a somewhat topical film.

  

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