ALGREN Documentary 86 min.
Exploding onto the national literary scene in 1950 after winning the first-ever National Book Award for “The Man with the Golden Arm,” Nelson Algren defined post-World War II American urban fiction with his gritty, brilliant depiction of Chicago and its working class. Ernest Hemingway declared him second only to Faulkner; Kurt Vonnegut dubbed him a literary groundbreaker. Hollywood soon came calling, immortalizing his breakout novel with none other than Frank Sinatra in the lead role. Algren even won a notorious place in both the heart and work of France’s premiere feminist, Simone de Beauvoir, who infamously portrayed him as a jilted lover in her best-seller, “The Mandarins.”
“Stylishly made...captures [Algren’s] humor and energy.”
“Riveting…[an] incisive, engaging documentary about Chicago author Nelson Algren.”
—The Hollywood Reporter
“A thorough and visually stunning documentary!” --WBEZ Chicago