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‘Sinatra,’ Alex Gibney’s New HBO Documentary, Explores a Legend

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Few people have led a more examined life than Frank Sinatra did, so a documentarian taking on the subject needs a distinctive approach. Alex Gibney (who also directed the recently-aired Scientology documentary “Going Clear”) finds at least a somewhat successful one for “Sinatra: All or Nothing at All,” which has its premiere Sunday and Monday nights on HBO. Still, there’s no disguising that the story is awfully familiar.


The two-part, four-hour film uses as a framework a 1971 performance in Los Angeles that Sinatra billed as a retirement concert — a misnomer, as it turned out, since there were many more concerts before his death in 1998. The film’s premise is that the songs he picked for that performance are both career-defining and self-defining. Footage from the concert becomes a gateway to archival material and commentary by Sinatra experts, family members and Sinatra himself, who is heard in excerpts from various interviews.


More: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/02/arts/television/review-sinatra-alex-gibneys-new-hbo-documentary-explores-a-legend.html?_r=0


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