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Filmmakers -Mark Blottner, Ilko Davidov and Denis Mueller
Institutional DVD Price: $295
An in-depth portrait of one America's greatest and most notorious authors, Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, the Road is All animates a unique literary figure through interviews, rare archival footage, and the gritty voice of Algren himself. Algren rose to prominence when he won the National Book Award in 1949 for The Man With The Golden Arm, which was later adapted into an Oscar nominated film starring Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak. His book, A Walk on The Wild Side, inspired Lou Reed's eponymous hit. Despite his mainstream success and pop-culture bona fides, Algren's career was irreparably damaged by FBI and CIA surveillance during the Red Scare.
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"Compelling, exciting, enlightening."- Chicago Tribune
"A sensitive portrayal of an important writer at mid-century in a uniquely American tale. The film is a musically, lyrically, and visually atmospheric journey through Algren's Chicago during the Depression, the Cold War, and the rise of corporate publishing. Serious and compelling."- Bettina Drew, Author of "Nelson Algren: A Life on the Wild Side" / Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri