Sweet Smell of Success [1957] [Criterion] (BLU)

Alexander Mackendrick

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Synopsis

In the swift, cynical Sweet Smell Of Success, directed by Alexander Mackendrick (The Ladykillers), Burt Lancaster (Brute Force, The Leopard) stars as barbaric Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis (Some Like It Hot, Spartacus) as Sidney Falco, the unprincipled press agent Hunsecker ropes into smearing the up-and-coming jazz musician romancing his beloved sister. Featuring deliciously unsavory dialogue in an acid, brilliantly structured script by Clifford Odets (Notorious, Bigger Than Life) and Ernest Lehman (North By Northwest, The Sound Of Music), and noirish neon cityscapes from Oscar®-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe (The Thin Man, Yankee Doodle Dandy), Sweet Smell Of Success is a cracklingly cruel dispatch from the kill-or-be-killed wilds of 1950s Manhattan.

Product Details

  • Starring: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Marty Milner, Jeff Donnell
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 02/22/2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 555

Special Features

  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar James Naremore
  • Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away, a 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and others
  • James Wong Howe: Cinematographer, a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning director of photography, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe
  • New video interview with film critic and historian Neal Gabler (Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity) about legendary columnist Walter Winchell, inspiration for the character J. J. Hunsecker
  • New video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Giddins, notes about the film and two short stories introducing its characters by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, and an excerpt about Clifford Odets from Mackendrick’s book On Film-making, introduced by the book’s editor, Paul Cronin
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