The Man with the Golden Arm. 1955. USA. Directed by Otto Preminger. Screenplay by Walter Newman, Lewis Meltzer, based on the book by Nelson Algren. With Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Arnold Stang. 119 min.
Frankie Machine returns to his down-and-out neighborhood after a stint in rehab for heroin addiction. His wheelchair-bound wife, Zosh, doesn’t support Frankie’s dream to become a professional drummer now that he’s clean; old habits are hard to break when your support system wants you to keep feeding the monkey on your back. Graphic and unsettling, Elmer Bernstein’s jazz score is truly evocative.