Jim Healy

Interviews | Nicholas Ray’s Bigger Than Life: A Conversation with Jonathan Lethem

By Jim Healy / September 12, 2009

By Jim Healy At the beginning of Nicholas Ray’s Bigger Than Life (1956), Ed Avery (James Mason), a middle-class grammar school teacher moonlighting as a taxi dispatcher to make ends meet, finds himself suffering from a mystery ailment that cripples him with pain. After multiple hospital tests, doctors diagnose the illness and prescribe the miracle…

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