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The Man with the Golden Arm (Otto Preminger)

Otto Preminger

A theatre man in Vienna, he went on to build one of the most admired cinematic oeuvres of his time in the United States, interspersed with mythical films (Laura and Anatomy of a Murder are undisputed triumphs of their respective genres) and a fountain of inspiration for a generation of filmmakers.

His filmography draws its coherence from its rigour, lucidity and formal perfection. He dabbled in all genres, always bringing to bear his obsessive sense of control: nothing is left to chance in his direction, which favours movement, power and stylistic precision. His notoriety was such that he was one of the few to dare to transgress the dictates of the all-powerful and rigidly enforced Hays Code (Hollywood decency code) and to hire talent blacklisted during the McCarthy era. Otto Preminger was one of the great men of American cinema.

In collaboration with CINEMATEK