Understanding Crime and Drug Addiction in the 1950s
A review of 'The Man with the Golden Arm' (1955) by Otto Preminger in order to gain a better understanding of crime and the level of drug addiction in the 1950s.
# 86428 | 1,350 words | 1 source | 2005 |
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Anthropology (Cultural) , Criminology (Drugs Enforcement) , Anthropology (General) , Film (General) , Criminology (General)
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This paper brings forth the elements of psychological and cultural significance in Preminger's film, which was an important aspect of crime cinema being created in the 1950s. This paper reports that understanding the basis of the film in relation to drug addiction, it is clear that Preminger offers an insightful and modern interpretation of drug use in the post World War II period. This is how 'The Man with the Golden Arm' became a new form of film making through the French New Wave movement, and through the opening new psychological portrayals of criminals through drug addiction.
From the Paper:"This film study will examine the nature of the crime genre and the French "New Wave" as depicted in the 1950s era of filmmaking in Otto Preminger's The Man with the Golden Arm. Through this aspect of Hollywood filmmaking, one can realize the aspects of innovation that create a movie based on deviant acts through the drug induced behaviors of its central characters. By exploring this genre of filmmaking that gave license to the horrors of drug addiction in the 50s, one can realize the impact on culture and society this "French New Wave" styled film created."
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