Sergio Leone Web Board
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
December 11, 2017, 09:43:59 PM
Home Help Search Calendar Login Register
News:


+  Sergio Leone Web Board
|-+  Other/Miscellaneous
| |-+  Off-Topic Discussion (Moderators: cigar joe, moviesceleton, Dust Devil)
| | |-+  Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. « previous next »
Pages: [1] Go Down Print
Author Topic: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)  (Read 1438 times)
cigar joe
Moderator
Bounty Killer
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 12777


easy come easy go


View Profile
« on: November 20, 2011, 07:33:38 AM »

Director: Alexander Mackendrick, Writers: Clifford Odets (screenplay), Ernest Lehman (screenplay), Stars: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Barbara Nichols, Martin Milner and Susan Harrison. An excellent Noir. Lancaster and Curtis are superb in their roles as sleazy columnist and press agent respectively who chew up the scenery with colorful dialog. The New York of the fifties is captured perfectly by cinematographer James Wong Howe.  



"The Street"



Lancaster plays powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker who based loosely upon real life columnist Walter Winchell who was know as W.W. Anyway, J.J., coerces slimy and unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco (Curtis) into breaking up his sister's (Susan Harrison) romance with a jazz musician (Milner). Barbara Nichols plays Falco's cigarette girl-girlfriend Rita, who Falco pimps off to another columnist in order to plant a derogatory story about Milner. The only two weak links are Milner & Harrison who come off looking lifeless but its understandable when Lancaster & Curtis dominate every minute they are on the screen.

J.J. and Sydney



Sydney and Rita in cigarette girl costume



Sydney pimping Rita off



Some famous New York nightclubs of the 50's i.e., Toot Shor's, and The Stork Club are shown in exterior location shots and their actual interiors were pains-takenly recreated in detail on Hollywood soundstages.

Anyway the pristine Criterion release is the way to go, the first disc has an excellent commentary by film scholar James Naremore. I haven't even cracked disc 2 yet.


Alternate Discussion continues here http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=1822.msg114779#msg114779

« Last Edit: November 20, 2011, 07:38:54 AM by cigar joe » Logged

"When you feel that rope tighten on your neck you can feel the devil bite your ass"!
Groggy
Bounty Killer
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 11458


This post gets Agnew's stamp of approval!


View Profile WWW
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2011, 07:36:05 AM »

I remember liking this one but it didn't really stick in my mind. A rewatch may be in order.

Logged


Saturday nights with Groggy
stanton
Bounty Killer
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 2987



View Profile
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2011, 08:08:12 AM »

Same for me.

I read every now and then great things about this one, but I can't remember it being something special.

Logged

dave jenkins
Bounty Killer
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 13703

"One banana, two banana, three banana, four...."


View Profile
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2011, 01:10:15 PM »

A lot of the film is very good, but it loses its nerve at the end. Another not-really-noir noir.

Logged


That's what you get, Drink, for being such an annoying Melville fanboy.
T.H.
Bounty Killer
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1771



View Profile
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2011, 07:42:53 PM »

I'd say the dialogue/script, location work, performances all make this a special movie.

The bluray looks beautiful.

Logged


Claudia, we need you to appear in LOST COMMAND. It's gonna revolutionize the war genre. What did you think of the script?
drinkanddestroy
Global Moderator
Bounty Killer
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 8443

trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders?


View Profile
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2015, 01:08:24 AM »

A few past posts on this movie from the Film Noir Discussion Thread

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=1822.msg114779#msg114779

and http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=1822.msg134602#msg134602

Logged

There are three types of people in the world, my friend: those who can add, and those who can't.
drinkanddestroy
Global Moderator
Bounty Killer
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 8443

trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders?


View Profile
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2015, 07:00:26 PM »

So when I saw Sweet Smell of Success on TCM, Robert Osborne said this was one of the two movies that Tony Curtis made with Burt Lancaster, the other being Trapeze.
Well, I know that there was actually (at least) one other movie in which Lancaster and Curtis both appeared, though Curtis was uncredited. Any of you noirheads know the answer?




In Criss Cross, Curtis was Yvonne de Carlo's dance partner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyvrlAQfg8k

Logged

There are three types of people in the world, my friend: those who can add, and those who can't.
dave jenkins
Bounty Killer
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 13703

"One banana, two banana, three banana, four...."


View Profile
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2015, 12:53:26 PM »

Both also cameo in The List of Adrian Messenger.

Logged


That's what you get, Drink, for being such an annoying Melville fanboy.
Pages: [1] Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Visit FISTFUL-OF-LEONE.COM

Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines
Page created in 0.033 seconds with 19 queries.