The 20th century’s greatest singer and celebrity, bar none, is here celebrated in an affectionate and detailed documentary. Despite the co-operation of Sinatra’s family, this HBO profile is no whitewash. The long running time allows for intelligence and depth and some of the archive footage is astonishing. Stunning.
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 Sinatra’s 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.