J'ignorais que Frank Sinatra pouvait jouer si bien. L'intrigue est simple, mais elle tient en haleine. Malgré le code Hays, le thème de la drogue est traité sans détour et la scène du sevrage impressionnante.
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
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.
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.
Tremendous direction by Otto Preminger - one of Hollywood's greatest unsung heroes - both in the art of staging and directing actors, and in pacing the narrative through the latter. Powered by an electrifying score, vigorous supporting performances (namely Darren McGavin) and a screenplay that shows great understanding of human behavior, 'The Man with the Golden Arm' doesn't get nearly as much credit as it should.
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