THE END IS NOTHING, THE ROAD IS ALL
2015, Denis Mueller, Mark Blottner, and Ilko Davidov, USA, 86 min.
- Sat, Apr 4th 3:00pm
“Compelling, exciting, enlightening.”
— Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune
Nelson Algren has been called “the quintessential Chicago writer” (Achy Obejas), “the bard of losers” (Studs Terkel), and (by Algren himself) “the pennywhistle of American literature.” The author of “The Man with the Golden Arm” is profiled in this definitive documentary portrait that was 25 years in the making, with a foundation of interviews filmed in the 1990s while the memories of Algren’s acquaintances were still fresh. Friends (notably Terkel and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.), witnesses, and scholars guide us through a stormy life marked by many battles--with the law, the blacklist, depression, the Depression, wives, lovers (most famously Simone de Beauvoir), unappreciative critics, Hollywood, writer’s block, and the city that Algren loved, lambasted, and finally left. DCP digital. (MR)
Co-director Denis Mueller and co-producer/director Mark Blottner will be present for audience discussion.