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Nelson Algren Live

Nelson Algren Live

Nelson Algren Live

2016 / 73min / DCP

DIRECTOR: OSCAR BUCHER

CAST: WILLEM DAFOE, DON DELILLO, BARRY GIFFORD

A discussion with Willem Dafoe, Barry Gifford, Dan Simon, and Oscar Bucher, moderated by Algren biographer Colin Asher, will follow the screening.

One of the most neglected American writers and also one of the best loved, novelist Nelson Algren wrote about the dark underbelly of post-war America before it was ever fashionable to do so. Most known for the novel The Man with the Golden Arm, Algren was a bard of the down-and-outer, boldly depicting the life of the city’s drunks, pimps, prostitutes, drug addicts, corrupt politicians, hoodlums and prize fighters. On what would have been his 100th birthday, a group of writers and actors gathered at Chicago’s acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater to premiere Nelson Algren Live—a celebration of Algren’s life and work in his own words. This staged reading starred Willem Dafoe, Don DeLillo and Barry Gifford, with text adapted from a play by Gifford and Dan Simon.

Metrograph presents the film in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Seven Stories Press.