Sweet smell of success (1957)

Late noir of sorts, with a very different femme fatale. Slick, vivid and perverse study of individuals on the edge, hurting each other and themselves – sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.

Detailed and spectacular cityscapes, expressionist gothic lighting, nervous jazz soundtrack, taut acting. In my book.

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4 Responses to 786

  1. Also proves Tony Curtis could be good when he got the right part.

  2. nicolas krizan says:

    he is excellently repulsive!

  3. The thing that sells the Curtis role in this film is the evident self-loathing. He knows he’s a scumbag and he hates himself for it, but he can’t help himself.

  4. nicolas krizan says:

    from what i’ve read, many of his fans were quite upset about him doing this kind of character

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