15 May 2009

A Moment w/ Nick Ray

I recently saw Nicholas Ray's Bigger Than Life (in less-than-optimal conditions, i.e. on Hulu -- but hey, I'll take what I can get) and was struck by the incredibly dark shades with which Ray's portrait of '50s family life is painted. I intend to write a few things on it, but in the meantime please enjoy this short clip of Ray explaining a very simple, but profound, point on a hero's characterization. One of the many great examples of looking cool by talking effortlessly with a cigarette dangling on the edge of your lips.

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