Aero Theatre
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Sun, Aug 7, 2011
7:30pm
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LONELY PLACES: A NICHOLAS RAY CENTENNIAL
Double Feature!
BIGGER THAN LIFE / KNOCK ON ANY DOOR

Today would have been director Nicholas Ray's 100th Birthday!

BIGGER THAN LIFE
1956, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: Nicholas Ray

Director Nicholas Ray’s subversively twisted portrait of suburban life centers on a teacher (James Mason) who becomes addicted to cortisone and experiences visionary, tyrannical delusions. Ray’s superb use of color and shot composition reaches a deliriously surreal intensity here that at times borders on the psychedelic. In addition to one of Mason’s finest performances, there’s also standout work from co-stars Barbara Rush and Walter Matthau.


KNOCK ON ANY DOOR
1949, Sony Repertory, 100 min, USA, Dir: Nicholas Ray

Ray’s second picture was produced by star Humphrey Bogart’s Santana Productions and it reflects the gutsy social realism both men favored in their storytelling. Delinquent John Derek and his gutter-rat chums have shot a cop during a robbery. Bogart’s character, a successful attorney who extricated himself from the ghetto, feels obligated to defend Derek. Ray poses eternal questions about character versus environment and which is more responsible for rampant urban crime. NOT AVAILABLE ON DVD!


Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Sun, Aug 7, 2011 • 7:30pm
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