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Nelson Algren: The Man With the Golden Pen

21 October 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sitting in a stack of pulpy old crime novels and lascivious short stories of hookers, gangsters and freaks may be a diamond in the rough. The book is about a heroin addict named “Frankie Machine”, it won the National Book Award in 1950, and Otto Preminger’s film adaptation starred Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak.

The book and the film, “The Man With the Golden Arm”, may ring a bell, but its author, Nelson Algren, is still buried in that stack of old books.

In the new documentary Algren, which got its premiere at the Chicago International Film Festival on October 14, Nelson Algren is in the company of Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway and Hunter S. Thompson. But his name has been forgotten, least of all in Chicago where he called home.

Since Algren’s heyday in the late ‘40s and ‘50s, his work’s legacy has seen the same pitiful fate »

- Brian Welk

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Zurich Film Festival Rejigs Competition Categories

18 February 2014 12:29 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For its 10th anniversary, the Zurich Film Festival will rearrange its competition section to just three main categories. They are focused on international feature film, international documentary and a third section with films from Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Last year, the festival had a German-language feature film and a Switzerland/Germany/Austria documentary section, which are now being combined into the third section. Photos: Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl Celebrate Berlinale at THR, Babelsberg Party Each of the three sections will award a Golden Eye honor for best film, with the prizes for international feature and international documentary sections endowed with a

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