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Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
April 5, 2013 - 7:30 pm
Joanna Lancaster, Susie Lancaster, actor Ed Lauter, author James Naremore.

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"The main incentive to see this movie is its witty, pungent and idiomatic dialogue, such as you never hear on the screen anymore in this age of special-effects illiteracy." — Andrew Sarris

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick 

Alexander MacKendrick’s ironically titled drama is a damning portrait of human nature gone sour. The film is dominated by Lancaster as black-hearted Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker, parsing out small gossip items to sycophantic press agent Sidney Falco (Curtis), who in turn uses such information to his unscrupulous advantage. Obsessed to extremes with controlling his own sister’s romantic life, Lancaster’s Hunsecker is a towering, teetering monster of Shakespearean proportions.

United Artists Corp. Producer: James Hill. Based on the novelette by Ernest Lehman. Screenwriters: Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman. Cinematographer: James Wong Howe. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner, Jeff Donnell. 

35mm, b/w, 96 min.

Watch the trailer below.