frankie machine


sinatra too strung out to swing.   wrote about this film today for the book.   elmer bernstein score.  saul bass design.   kim novak helping him get the monkey off his back but “the monkey never dies.”   if you’re lucky you can keep him in the cage for as long as you live.  the same year sinatra did guys and dolls with marlon brando who was already “the wild one” since ’53.   in ’53 sinatra was oscar winner in from here to eternity.   the man with the golden arm was sinatra dirtied up, showing his range and rebellion… willingness to be ugly and vulnerable and sick.   rebel without a cause also  ’55.    presley wouldn’t make a movie for a year.  this is the seed bed for the rock and roll cinema hero.   anti-hero.

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