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The Man with the Golden Arm

Released 1955
Distributor United Artists

Notorious envelope-pusher Otto Preminger was the first to produce an adult movie about drug addiction, based on Nelson Algren’s novel about a heroin addict’s desperation to kick the habit. Released without an MPAA seal, it helped liberate subsequent films from the rigid strictures of the production code. Elmer Bernstein’s jazz score and Saul Bass’s title graphics were similarly groundbreaking.

About Katt Shea

Writer-director Katt Shea has been honored with retrospectives of her critically acclaimed films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The British Film Institute in London and various festivals throughout Europe.  Her work includes: Poison Ivy starring Drew Barrymore and Tom Skerritt, The Rage: Carrie II, and Dance of the Damned.