Drama film, noir, by Otto Preminger, United States, 1955.
Frankie Machine (Frank Sinatra), a former drug addict trying to pull himself together after being released from prison. However, Frankie is a very good drummer and is constantly tempted to kick the drug habit in order to play even better. His life is further complicated by pressure from his wife Zosch (Eleanor Parker), who tries to keep Frankie in their criminal ring, and his old flame Molly (Kim Novak), who tries to help him kick heroin addiction and change your life by playing drums in a band.
The film was highly acclaimed by critics for Sinatra's performance, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. In addition, Elmer Bernstein's score, which features a sad and melancholic main theme, is considered one of the best in cinematic history. The film is also known for being one of the first Hollywood films to tackle the subject of drug addiction without filters, with a strong criticism of the society that creates the conditions for drug addiction. Preminger had to fight with censorship to get the film approved, due to the subjects considered taboo in the 1950s. Sinatra worked hard to prepare for the role of Frankie, learning to play the drum and drums and studying the behavior of drug addicts. Novak and Parker, both at the peak of their careers, gave unforgettable performances. The film earned over $4 million at the box office at the time. Today it is considered one of Preminger's masterpieces and one of Sinatra's best films.
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