Algren

Algren

The new feature documentary "Algren" is a journey through the gritty world, brilliant mind, and noble heart of Nelson Algren.

Start Date

Oct. 1, 2021

End Date

Oct. 31, 2021

Time

12:00 am
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The new feature documentary “Algren” is a journey through the gritty world, brilliant mind, and noble heart of Nelson Algren. Exploding onto the national scene in 1950 after winning the first-ever National Book Award for “The Man with the Golden Arm”, Algren defined post-war American urban fiction with his gritty, brilliant depiction of working-class Chicago. Hemingway declared him second only to Faulkner; 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. Including never-before-seen archival footage, newly uncovered audio recordings and his own rarely seen, personal photo collages, “Algren” charts the rise and fall of a man whose transgressions, compassion and thirst for justice pushed him to dedicate his life and career to giving a voice to the voiceless. Through interviews with Algren’s friends, literary experts and artists – including John Sayles, William Friedkin, Philip Kaufman, Billy Corgan and Russell Banks – the film is an intimate, witty and even antagonistic portrait of a tireless champion of America’s most marginalized.

2021. English. 85 minutes. Not rated.

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