The Horrors of Addiction in 1955’s The Man With the Golden Arm

A look at the groundbreaking a harrowing 1955 addiction drama The Man With the Golden Arm

I remember when Darren Aronofsky was doing the press tour for his controversial and unsparing 2000 Hubert Selby Jr. adaptation Requiem for a Dream, he correctly cited the film as a horror movie, one in which the monster was the heroin that seduced, dominated and decimated the lives of its fragile, deluded blue-collar characters. That’s kind of Selby Jr.’s beat, sifting through the streets and...


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