Producer
Director
Annette Baumeister
Producer
HDTV 16:9
Genre
Documentary
Broadcaster
arte
Length
1 x 90'
Editor
Year
2015
Sinatra
Die Stimme Amerikas

When Frank Sinatra died on 14 May 1998, the 20th century said goodbye. He gave his voice to an era. His songs have become the soundtrack of life for millions of people around the world. He embodies America like no other person before or after him, the old America, the land where immigrants from Europe sought their fortune.

The documentary "Sinatra. The Voice of America" tells the story of the Italian immigrant child from New Jersey who wants nothing more than to make it on the other side of the river, in New York. "Sinatra always wanted to be better than the locals. That was his lifelong ambition," says Charles Aznavour about his colleague. His unconditional will to succeed drove him and at the same time overshadowed his life. The "entertainer of the century" is a lonely and depressive person. He cleverly hides this behind the façade of the loudmouth, patriarch and lover. He has a loyal entourage and countless affairs. Nevertheless, he cannot enter into intimate relationships with people. He is only happy when he sings perfectly.

He has been on stage for almost 70 years, reliving American history. During the Second World War, his songs comfort the lonely women. The men at the front hate him because he seduces their wives with his soft voice. But after the war they want to be like him: cool, casual and elegant, preferably with a glass of whiskey in their hand. Although he himself did not fight in the war, Sinatra thus becomes the prototype of the American man of the post-war years. But the spirit that spreads across America 15 years later during the Vietnam War is no longer Sinatra's thing. The time of the All-American Man is over. Young people prefer to listen to the Beatles or Jimi Hendrix. But Sinatra is not content with that. He works hard to go from relic to living legend.

The documentary "Sinatra. The Voice of America" is a portrait of an artist with epochal impact. He still moves and inspires people today. Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 in December. A good reason to look back and find out how the boy with Italian roots lived his dream and became the voice of America. A voice that is still unparalleled today.

Sinatra. The voice of America

When Frank Sinatra died on 14 May 1998, the 20th century said goodbye. He gave his voice to an era. His songs have become the soundtrack of life for millions of people around the world. He embodies America like no other person before or after him, the old America, the land where immigrants from Europe sought their fortune.

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