SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
"I'd hate to take a bite out of you. You're a cookie full of arsenic." SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS is one of the most acid-tongued indictments of the abuse of the power of the press cinema has ever produced. Burt Lancaster gives a legendary performance as J. J. Hunsecker, the most feared columnist in New York, who delights in making desperate press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) do his dirty deeds. James Wong Howe's moody black-and-white cinematography and the authenticity of the New York City location shooting greatly enhance the film's noir atmosphere and edgy character portrayals. DIR Alexander Mackendrick; SCR Clifford Odets; Ernest Lehman, from his novel; PROD James Hill. U.S., 1957, b&w, 96 min. NOT RATED
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