Dan Ireland on

Bigger Than Life

Released 1956
Distributor 20th Century Fox

Nicholas Ray’s corruscating portrait of suburban American family hell even outdoes Douglas Sirk, with the addition of drug addiction. Naturally it flopped, but producer-co-writer-star James Mason’s passionate belief in the project is evidenced in this trailer, which he presents. Based on a 1955 New Yorker article, this is one of the essential movies of the period, full of telling markers of the era in both detail and behavior.

About Dan Ireland

TFH Guru Dan Ireland passed away on April 14, 2016. Dan loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing.