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Title Bigger than life [videorecording] / Twentieth Century-Fox presents a Cinemascope picture ; story and screenplay by Cyril Hume and Richard Maibaum ; produced by James Mason ; directed by Nicholas Ray.

Publication Info. [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2010]
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Edition Special ed.
Description 1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (22 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm)
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video v rdamedia
videodisc vd rdacarrier
Series The Criterion collection ; 507
Criterion collection ; 507.
System Details DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.55:1) presentation enhanced for (16:9) televisions; Dolby Digital mono.
Language English dialogue; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)
Cast James Mason, Barbara Rush, Walter Matthau, Robert Simon, Christopher Olsen, Roland Winters, Rusty Lane, Rachel Stephens, Kipp Hamilton.
Credits Music, David Raksin ; conducted by Lionel Newman ; director of photography, Joe MacDonald ; 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.
Note Based on an article entitled "Ten Feet Tall" in the New Yorker by Burton Roueché.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1956.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
Summary "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."--Container.
Note 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
Contents Chapters: 1. Opening credits -- 2. On the side -- 3. Tensions grow -- 4. Glory days gone -- 5. Under observation -- 6. Poor prognosis -- 7. A miracle drug -- 8. Ten feet tall -- 9. Big surprises -- 10. Keyed up -- 11. Side effects -- 12. New point of view -- 13. Suspicions -- 14. Long-term dangers -- 15. Ed's program -- 16. Missing milk -- 17. Word of God -- 18. "God was wrong!" -- 19. Staircase showdown -- 20. The brighter side -- 21. Color bars.
Subject Drugs -- Side effects -- Drama.
Drug addicts -- Drama.
Male elementary school teachers -- Drug use -- Drama.
Teachers -- Drama.
Terminally ill -- Drama.
Drug addicts' spouses -- Drama.
Children of drug addicts -- Drama.
Dysfunctional families -- Drama.
Families -- Drama.
Fathers and sons -- Drama.
Medication abuse -- Drama.
Cortisone -- Side effects -- Drama.
Cortisone -- Drama.
Drug addiction -- Psychological aspects -- Drama.
Suburban life -- Drama.
Genre/Form Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Hume, Cyril, 1900-1966, screenwriter.
Maibaum, Richard, screenwriter.
MacDonald, Joe, 1906-1968, cinematographer.
Mason, James, 1909-1984, film producer, actor.
Ray, Nicholas, 1911-1979, film director.
Rush, Barbara, 1927- actor.
Matthau, Walter, actor.
Simon, Robert (Robert F.), actor.
Olsen, Christopher, 1946- actor.
Winters, Roland, 1904-1989, actor.
Lane, Rusty, 1899-1986, actor.
Stephens, Rachel, actor.
Hamilton, Kipp, actor.
Raksin, David, composer.
Newman, Lionel, 1916-1989, conductor.
Wheeler, Lyle, 1905-1990, art designer.
Smith, Jack Martin, art designer.
Scott, Walter M. Set designer.
Reiss, Stuart. Set designer.
Loeffler, Louis R., 1897-1972, film editor.
Le Maire, Charles, costume designer.
Wills, Mary, costume designer.
Powell, Edward B., arranger.
Andrew, Geoff, 1954- commentator.
Lethem, Jonathan, interviewer.
Ray, Susan, 1951- interviewee.
Motion picture adaptation of (work): Roueché, Berton, 1911-1994. Ten feet tall.
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, production company.
Criterion Collection (Firm), film distributor.
ISBN 9781604652468
Standard No. 715515054812
Music No. CC1876D The Criterion Collection

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