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THE HANGOVER LOUNGE: BIGGER THAN LIFE

Director: Nicholas Ray

95 mins, USA, 1956, 35mm


This film screened 22nd May 2016.

Our monthly indulgent Sunday afternoon of brunch and a classic film.

Inspired by a New Yorker article about a man driven to megalomaniacal extremes by experimental drugs, Nicholas Ray’s lm seizes on the idea of drug-fuelled insanity behind the white picket fences as a critique of middle class American values. Schoolteacher Ed Avery (James Mason) is diagnosed with an arterial condition for which hormone cortisone is prescribed.
The new drug has an astonishing curative effect on Avery, but its unforeseen effects on his psyche
are more alarming still. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar is on re-release from May 6th.

Film + Brunch €16*. Film only tickets also available at normal IFI prices.

*Terms, conditions and supplements apply. Brunch is served from 12pm to 4pm.

Simply book your tickets at the IFI in person or by contacting the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477. You can also book your table for brunch by calling 01 679 8712.

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