An 'untouchable' theme…an unusual motion picture!
A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.
A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.
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Hmmm, okay this isn’t how I remembered it. First off, I don’t remember it being black and white but more of a lovely sepia-like monochrome. Oh well. This version I just watched looked like complete shit.
So the real reason I chose this was for Old Blue Eyes. I think everyone could admit Sinatra’s the best thing about it. As a matter of fact, he outacts all of the actual actors in this. That Sparrow character was obnoxious and annoying am I right? Sinatra is one of those guys that thinks he’s so damned cool and good at everything that I just want to hate him. The problem is he was that fucking cool and good at everything. Dammit. Some…
A Year of Film History Challenge
(watching a little bit of film history month by month, decade by decade)
There's a very clever manipulation of perspective in The Man with the Golden Arm that I keep thinking about: when first we meet clandestine backroom card dealer Frankie Machine (played by Frank Sinatra) he's walking around his home neighborhood in Chicago, fresh out of the joint but in recovery for an unnamed addiction that looks and smells an awful lot like heroin, and as we watch him walk it's usually from a distance, as it we're spying on him. When Frank talks of his addiction he frequently refers to it as the monkey that was on his back… but his…
I'm fucking tired of drug addiction films (usually, specifically heroin) being so fatalistic and bombastic in their treatment of the material. I've dealt with heroin addiction in my life and I didn't believe in a single minute of this. The sub-plot with Sinatra's wife made me want to throw up as well. Bloody stupid.
"The monkey never dies. When you kick him off, he just hides in a corner, waiting his turn." ~ Louie
Director Otto Preminger was no stranger to controversy. His 1953 "The Moon Is Blue" was banned in Boston for its post-Hayes use of terms like "virgin," "seduce" and "mistress." Here, he took on the Motion Picture Association of America, who initially refused to issue a seal for this movie because it shows drug addiction.
Set in Chicago's North Side, the story is based on the 1949 Nelson Algren novel of the same name. It stars Frank Sinatra as the main character Frankie Machine, a junkie card dealer recently released from prison and aiming to go straight as a professional drummer.…
3 Twits and a Brit Movie of the Week Club
Film #2: The Man with the Golden Arm (CJ's pick)
A cliched and poorly paced film that had some great moments interlaced throughout. It's rather dull, and yet another movie where the editing is just awful. Honestly, this month of musicians has just been a marathon of terribly edited films so far.
Also, I really love Frank Sinatra and I think he's great in The Manchurian Candidate, but he may just be a terrible actor because he's not that great in this and he's atrocious in The Detective.
Nice job, CJ.
Film #17 of the Jelly Club
Monthly Theme: Musicians
Suggested by CJ Propst
The second Otto Preminger-directed film involved in this Club (the first being the divisive Advise & Consent), The Man With the Golden Arm broke many boundaries in the movie industry back in 1955 for being the first Hollywood movie to seriously tackle the subject of drug addiction that didn't feel like a PSA (like the notorious Reefer Madness). It stars Frank Sinatra as a card dealer who is released from prison and is trying to get away from his past life, but the more he tries to get out of it, the crap in his life (which includes various temptations from his gambling buddies, constant run-ins with…
I guess I can see why it’s on the list of 1001 movies to see, but sure feels dated. Unsympathetic characters made it hard to focus on who to care about. Performances were solid.
Not as effective by today's standards but I'm sure this subject matter was pretty startling to see in a major fuckin motion picture with Frank fuckin Sinatra. The actual movie itself is pretty well done with the best parts obviously being Sinatra's super engrossing performance as a recovering heroin addict. Frank acts his fucking ass off in this film and I definitely consider it his best role out of the many films I've seen him in.
A fairly lackluster narrative about an ex-junkie fresh out of prison falling back into his old ways. I will say the otherwise tiresome movie does have two saving graces: Otto Preminger’s lively direction and Frank Sinatra’s frantic performance.
Frank Sinatra is a heroin addict getting out of jail looking to start a new life. He's been a card dealer at illegal poker games, but that lifestyle is deeply connected to his drug use. He's learned to play drums in jail so he wants to start over as musician. Eleanor Parker is his wheelchair-bound wife, who he only married because he was responsible for the accident that crippled her. She doesn't like change and wants him to just stick with cards. He loves his downstairs neighbor Kim Novak, but he won't leave Parker until he can earn enough money to get her the medical treatments she needs to walk again. His former boss Robert Strauss won't let him back…
For the majority of its runtime, "The Man with the Golden Arm" was a fun, energetic, well-acted movie that grabbed your attention. However, the third-act quickly changed that: turning into a hilariously bad, ridiculous anti-drug movie that ruined any respect I had for the film.
A powerful film on addiction, with a great jazzy score, strong directing, and great performances, with Eleanor Parker shining brightest as the deceptive wife of Frank Sinatra.
Preminger's camera absolutely chews through the soundstage set of 1950s Clark St. with some of the most complicated crane and dolly movements I've ever seen culminating in a mad scramble down 3 flights of rickety wooden back porch stairs that is as Chicago as anything ever put to film. They did my man Nelson dirty though - the setting is a high class upgrade over the novel's barrel-scraping Polish Triangle milieu. Even the faintest glimmer of hope feels like a betrayal of the book.
Also, the transfer on Amazon looks like absolute shit. Ce la vie in 2019, I guess.
Wild seeing such an old film tackling drug addiction like this. Even more wild seeing Sinatra as the addict. Not the best film I’ve seen but a very different film for the time which I much enjoyed
Adorei, só o final que foi apressado. Mas um bom filme de qualquer forma.
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List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2019 edition,…