Bigger Than Life

  • Dir: Nicholas Ray

  • USA, 1956, 95minmins, 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”



In-theatre Screening


1. Screenings at ALL commercial cinemas : tickets are available at URBTIX till 5pm one day before respective screening, after which tickets will be available only at the box office of the respective venue on the day of screening, subject to availability.

2. Screenings at HK Arts Centre and M+ Cinema : tickets are available at URBTIX outlets until one hour before the screening, after which tickets are available at URBTIX website and mobile app. On-the-day tickets will also be available at the Self-service Ticketing Kiosk of the respective venue, subject to availability.

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

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