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2 very old (young) Sinatra movies
on 24 August 2012
I wasn't really sure what to expect from these 2 movies. They are both very old with what must be some of Sinatra's earliest performances (I don't know this, I'm guessing). They are both marked as well by being slightly controversial. Suddenly was apparently withdrawn at Sinatra's bidding once he'd found out Lee Harvey Oswald had watched it before assassinating Kennedy (Suddenly is about a Presidential assassination attempt), and The Man With The Golden Arm didn't have a rating (I don't know how that happens) due to it's drug related content.
Despite my initial worry that these may just be Sinatra fodder films sold to make a quick buck I needn't have worried. Both films really are superb, and in both Sinatra shows what a great actor he was. His portrayal of a drug addict reminded me so much of Trainspotting it must have blown the audiences minds away with what it means to be an addict. He is such an intense actor you really get sucked into his world in both movies.
I've always thought of Sinatra in much the same way as Elvis when it comes to movies, just something else he did to broaden his fame, but I have changed that opinion after these films, he really was a great actor...who also happened to be a great singer.