Foyles Film Club: Bigger Than Life
Specialising in classic and international cinema, our flagship Film Department offers one of the best selections of movies on DVD in London -- and our book selection spans film theory, history and practice. Curated by our expert team of buyers and booksellers, we pride ourselves on this little temple to the big screen amidst our brand new Charing Cross Road store.
Now, in our brand new Auditorium, we're running a series of screenings curated by the team to exemplify what we love about the medium.
Come along for a screening of Nicholas Ray's classic drama Bigger Than Life -- controversial upon its release in 1956, thisdepiction of mental illness and addiction was once heralded by Jean-Luc Godard as one of the greatest of American films.
Permission to screen Bigger Than Life is kindly supplied by the BFI.
Please note that this film is rated 12 certificate. We will refuse access to anyone who is or appears to be under this age who cannot provide identification demonstrating otherwise.
Tickets: Free, but reservation is essential. To reserve, simply add the required number of tickets to the basket below.
Please note that no physical tickets will be issued. The email confirmation you will receive is proof of your booking.
This was a revelation on anumber of fronts, not least James Mason playing against his type of smooth and mellifluous, if somewhat dangerous charmer, as surprising as his turn as an IRA man in Odd Man Out.
Equally, this appears to have been an early expose of the perils of steroids (albeit in the context of user misuse.
Lastly, it was an eye-opener to see a fresh-faced, uncynical, good-guy Karl MAlden in quasi-beefcake mode as a PE teacher.
In any event, a powerful and compelling film, albeit wrapped in a predictable '50s bow of a reconsituted-family-stability happy ending.
Jim Fearnley - 29th March 2015
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