"An excoriating take on the nuclear family"
Though ignored at the time of its release, Nicholas Ray’s Bigger Than Life (Derrière le Mirroir) is now recognized as one of the great American films of the 1950s. When a friendly, successful suburban teacher and father (James Mason, in one of his most indelible roles) is prescribed cortisone for a painful, possibly fatal affliction, he grows dangerously addicted to the experimental drug, resulting in his transformation into a psychotic and ultimately violent household despot. This Eisenhower-era throat-grabber, shot in expressive CinemaScope, is an excoriating take on the nuclear family. That it came in the day of Father Knows Best makes it all the more shocking—and wildly entertaining. (http://www.criterion.com/films/1929-bigger-than-life)
En français, une excellente analyse du film: http://www.dvdclassik.com/Critiques/derriere-miroir-dvd.htm