Friday, May 30, 2008

On Location

The Man With the Golden Arm, 1955
Otto Preminger tries to help Frank Sinatra get into a junkie's head. Kim Novak looks on.


Nick Zegarac said...

Preminger's intensity is plainly evident in this great shot, Jeff. He was a powerful, some might suggest overpowering, influence on an entire generation of directors.

He had his way with his stars and in the final analysis took from them the performance he wanted - either by mutual consent or by force.

Great post.

Jeff Duncanson said...

There are some pretty significant directors who had the reputation for being world-class assholes. (Lang, Von Sternberg, Ford....It's a long list), but Preminger might have been the worst.

You're right, however, in stating that he consistenly got great performances.