• Sweet Smell of Success

    1957. USA. Alexander Mackendrick. 96 min.

Saturday, May 24, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Sweet Smell of Success

    1957. USA. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick. Screenplay by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman. Music by Elmer Bernstein. With Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison. While James Wong Howe brilliantly captured the sinister seductions and neurotic impulses of fifties New York in his noir-and-neon photography, Elmer Bernstein created its musical counterpart in his pulsating, tremulous score, featuring Chico Hamilton and his quintet. "A rat trap of a film in which a vicious New York gossip hustler grovels for his ‘Mr. Big,' a monster newspaper columnist [modeled on Walter Winchell] who is incestuously obsessed with destroying his kid sister's romance.... The dark streets gleam with the sweat of fear; Bernstein's limpid jazz score (courtesy of Chico Hamilton) whispers corruption in the Big City" (Chris Auty, Time Out London). 96 min.

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