Nelson Algren

Nelson Algren

The End Is Nothing, the Road Is All

DVD - 2016
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Nelson Algren: The End is Nothing, the Road is All is an in-depth documentary of one of America's greatest and least understood authors. This compelling life story reveals a unique literary voice through rare interviews, historic footage and the gritty voice of Algren himself. Kurt Vonnegut and Studs Terkel, literary giants in their own right, sing songs of praise along interviews with Algren scholars provide concise literary, social, and historic perspectives. Nelson Algren wrote five novels, two collections of short stories, several road books, and countless other stories and reviews. His work spanned six decades and speaks to generations of readers. While his best writing took place over 50 years ago his focus on the fears and disenchantment with our consumer culture were prophetic and still hit the mark today. Algren's touching love affair with Simone de Beauvoir weaves its way through his life and helps to buffer the damaging impact of FBI and CIA surveillance, blacklisting and the rejection of his work by certain academics. This stylishly produced film embeds us in the 1950's cold war world when Algren worked. Compelling, exciting, enlightening.
Publisher: New York :, First Run Features,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD 813.52 NEL
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
1 videodisc (87 minutes) : sound, colour with black and white sequences. ; 4 3/4 inches
Alternative Title: End is nothing, the road is all


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Aug 26, 2016

After seeing the down-and out character film “The Man with the Golden Arm” based on the award winning novel by Nelson Algren, I found this new documentary on the life of Algren. The rights to make a film from the “Golden Arm” book had been owned by the great actor John Garfield, but he died at the age of 39 very possibly because of harassment for being involved with communism, so his character was eventually played by Frank Sinatra. Unrelated to the Garfield problem, Algren had his passport confiscated by the government because he associated with communists. You begin to see that if your art form relates to the down-and-out, the right wing will be out to screw you. If you are a wealthy scam artist, screwing the middle-class, well the right wing says go ahead.

Apr 01, 2016

Even with several classics to his name, Algren is sadly undervalued. Hopefully this solid documentary lures the uninitiated towards the prose of one of the best writers America ever produced.

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