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The Man with the Golden Arm
Directed by Otto Preminger • 1955 • United States
Starring Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Kim Novak
Otto Preminger’s groundbreaking depiction of drug addiction brought an explosively controversial topic to the screen with empathy and unflinching frankness. Frank Sinatra gives a harrowing performance as an aspiring jazz drummer who, following his release from prison, struggles to stay clean while bouncing between his manipulative wife (Eleanor Parker) and a sympathetic strip-club hostess (Kim Novak). Featuring an edgy, Oscar-nominated jazz score by Elmer Bernstein and an iconic title sequence by Saul Bass, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM defied the Production Code and ushered in a new era of grown-up, serious-minded entertainment.