Sinatra All or Nothing At All

Were Frank Sinatra still alive, he’d be turning 100 this year. And it’s a testament to his immense talent, charisma, and importance that he’s no less beloved today than he was forty or fifty or sixty years ago.

The latest bit of Sinatra obsession is Sinatra: All or Nothing At All, a new documentary structured around the set list from his 1971 “Retirement Concert” in Los Angeles. Director Alex Gibney (Going Clear) weaves together a portrait from commentary by those closest to the singer, as well as archived interviews with Sinatra himself. Watch the Sinatra All or Nothing At All trailer after the jump.

HBO debuted the Sinatra All or Nothing At All trailer on YouTube.

Critic Terry Teachout sums up Sinatra’s position pretty well: “The word icon is much overused, but if it applies to anybody in American popular culture, it is Frank Sinatra.” At the TCA press tour in January, Gibney spoke of his intention to let Sinatra speak for himself. “It’s like his autobiography, but it’s told through song,” he said. “To hear him narrate his own life through these interviews is what it made it worth doing.”

HBO presents Sinatra: All or Nothing At All in two parts on Sunday, April 5 and Monday, April 6 at 8 PM.

Directed by Alex Gibney (HBO’s “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown”), the two-night, four-hour presentation SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL is an up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, along with commentary from those closest to him, the documentary weaves the music and images from Sinatra’s life together with rarely seen footage of his famous 1971 “Retirement Concert” in Los Angeles. The film’s narrative is shaped by Sinatra’s song choices for that concert, which Gibney interprets as the singer’s personal guide through his own life.

The executive producers of SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL are Frank Marshall, Alex Gibney and Blair Foster; executive producers for Alcon Television, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson and Sharon Hall; producers, Sam Pollack and Erin Edeiken; consulting producer, Jeff Pollack.

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