It starts off a little too cliche and, quite frankly, boring, but it builds up into a powerhouse Sinatra lead performance. Tension and the inevitability of Frankie Machine's continued downfall begin to pile up, gaining steam toward the finish. A very, very good Preminger film - not quite his best, but close to that level.
Probably Sinatra's best role, the film itself deals with addiction a little better than The Lost Weekend, but both are products of their time and have aged a bit badly. I do, however, think this ranks up their with some of Premingers best work. See Laura and Anatomy of a Murder for better. Solid 4 stars
Preminger's camera movements are so delicate and, at the same time, brutal and unscrupulous. Despite some dated details that gave to 2 or 3 members of the audience a good laugh (in the session I went yesterday at the portuguese Cinemathèque), the movie still has a great and explosive emotional power. Sinatra is "the junkie", and never his eyes were so poetic, desperate, and lonely.
Just because that meal was great last week doesn't mean the leftovers are edible today... Once a game changer; now just another pretty noir full of tired moralism. Still, very watchable, and not just because of the luminous Ms. Novak. Plenty of fascinating aspects: That this relatively tepid portrayal of addiction was once so taboo, for one. Or that no one, back then, found the score hilarious. 2.5
Preminger's take on drug addiction is a performance film of the first order featuring a career best turn by Sinatra, and great support from Novak, McGavin and Eleanor Parker as the mentally disturbed wife. Script by Newman and Meltzer has a gritty authenticity, for the time period, and a memorable score from Bernstein along with strong production values that make up for a convenient ending and obvious back lot locale
Kim Novak est sublime d'élégance, de justesse et de beauté, Sinatra criant de vérité, la mise en scène est parfaite, et voilà le chef d'oeuvre d'un cinéma américain qui savait dépeindre le monde dans sa misère et sa déchéance, je veux dire son propre monde celui d'une Amérique des ratés, des accros, des petits et des perdus. C'est poignant et bouleversant. Great movie , yes Mister Preminger
I've never been a huge fan of Sinatra the actor and this didn't changed my opinion. The story wasn't anything special so it should've been carried on performances and the three primaries (Sinatra, Parker & Novak) were all kinda flat. Parker in particular was hard to tolerate every time she was on-screen. Stang, Strauss & McGavin were great characters as always but it wasn't enough to make for a memorable flick.