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Cinema of the World: The Man With The Golden Arm (Otto Preminger, 1955)

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Otto Preminger – The Man With The Golden Arm (1955)

Cast: Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker…

Otto Preminger’s THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM is a powerful drama which broached the subject of drug addiction in a stark and realistic manner. It may appear mild by today’s standards, but it stands an exceptionally harrowing film for its day. Frank Sinatra plays the addict, Frankie Machine, with Eleanor Parker as his crippled wife. Based on the novel by Nelson Algren. MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM received three Academy Award Nominations, including Best Actor for Frank Sinatra. (screenrush.co.uk)

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Plot Synopsis

When Otto Preminger was willing to release his drug-addiction drama Man With the Golden Arm without the sanction of a Production Code seal, it proved to be yet another nail in the coffin of that censorial dinosaur. Based on the novel by Nelson Algren, the film stars Frank Sinatra as Frankie Machine, expert card dealer (hence the title). Recently released from prison, Frankie is determined to set his life in order — and that means divesting himself of his drug habit. He dreams of becoming a jazz drummer, but his greedy wife Eleanor Parker wants him to continue his lucrative gambling activities. Since Parker is confined to a wheelchair as a result of a car accident caused by Frankie, he’s in no position to refuse. Only the audience knows that Parker is not crippled, but is faking her invalid status to keep Frankie under her thumb. Gambling boss Robert Strauss wants Frankie to deal at a high-stakes poker game; terrified that he’s lost his touch, Frankie asks dope pusher Darren McGavin to supply him with narcotics. When McGavin discovers that Parker is not an invalid, she kills him, and Frankie (who is elsewhere at the time) is accused of the murder. He is willing to go to the cops, but he doesn’t want to show up with drugs in his system. So with the help of sympathetic B-girl Kim Novak, Sinatra locks himself up and goes “cold turkey”-a still-harrowing sequence, despite the glut of “doper” films that followed in the wake of this picture. After Parker herself is killed in a suicidal fall, the path is cleared for Frankie to pursue a clean new life with Novak. by Hal Erickson (allmovie.com)

Il Morandini:

Professionista del poker – con moglie paralitica per colpa sua – si dà alla droga ma cerca disperatamente il riscatto nell’amore di una dolce entraîneuse. F. Sinatra in gran forma, bella musica di Elmer Bernstein (prima partitura jazz scritta interamente per un film), splendido bianconero di Sam Leavitt per un melodramma robusto e poco plausibile sulla droga. Titoli geniali di Saul Bass. Da un romanzo (1949) di Nelson Algren (1909-1981), adattato da Walter Newman e Lewis Meltzer. Fu il primo film di una “major” sulla tossicodipendenza dall’eroina, tema proibito dal codice Hays di autocensura. (mymovies.it)

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  1. Rod Delarue

    30 novembre 2010 at 18:32

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