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Is It Red To Be Normal?

Bigger Than Life (1956), directed by Nicholas Ray – Re-released by The Criterion Collection on DVD and Blu-ray disc by Rita Valencia "When a friendly, successful suburban teacher and father (James Mason) 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." (IMDb.com) The word normal is of relatively recent origin, coming into usage in 1828 to mean "conforming to common standards." The notion of a such a thing as a common standard to which behavior conforms is so deeply ingrained in us that it resists analysis, and yet, it is a uniquely contingent idea, falling apart with the … [Read more...]