Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success PG

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis

Country: US
Year: 1957
Duration: 94m

Alexander Mackendrick’s first American film is dominated by Lancaster’s basilisk stare as JJ Hunsecker – the newspaper columnist/demagogue who manipulates and destroys those around him. He is matched by Tony Curtis’s Sidney Falco, a study in nimble-witted corruption. Ernest Lehman’s script, Clifford Odets’ heightened dialogue and the chiaroscuro cinematography of James Wong Howe provide a mid-century morality tale of media power and corruption. BFI

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Sweet Smell of Success