ALGREN at the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City, OR

ALGREN at the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City, OR

The Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City, OR presents ALGREN on Virtual Cinema. When you buy a ticket, 50% of the proceeds go straight back to the Bijou to support them during this difficult time.

The new feature documentary ALGREN is a journey through the gritty world, brilliant mind, and noble heart of Nelson Algren. Exploding onto the national scene in 1950 after winning the first-ever National Book Award for The Man with the Golden Arm, Algren defined post-war American urban fiction with his gritty, brilliant depiction of working class Chicago.

Hemingway declared him second only to Faulkner; Vonnegut dubbed him a literary groundbreaker. Hollywood soon came calling, immortalizing his breakout novel with none other than Frank Sinatra in the lead role. Algren even won a notorious place in both the heart and work of France’s premiere feminist, Simone de Beauvoir.

Including never-before-seen archival footage, newly uncovered audio recordings and his own rarely seen, personal photo collages, ALGREN charts the rise and fall of a man whose transgressions, compassion and thirst for justice pushed him to dedicate his life and career to giving a voice to the voiceless. Through interviews with Algren’s friends, literary experts and artists – including William Friedkin, Russell Banks, Philip Kaufman, Billy Corgan and John Sayles – the film is an intimate, witty and even antagonistic portrait of a tireless champion of America’s most marginalized.

"A riveting, comprehensive depiction of an author that Ernest Hemingway declared second only to William Faulkner in the pantheon of U.S. writers." -Hollywood Reporter

"Enlightening for those who don't know Algren at all and thrilling for those who knew the man or his work and his life." -Chicago Tribune

ALGREN
A film by Michael Caplan
85 minutes | color | In English
Optional English captions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

ALGREN at the Bijou Theatre in Lincoln City, OR

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