Sweet Smell of Success (15)

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A film noir from the Ealing funny man? But Mackendrick's involvement with cosy British humour was always less innocent than it looked: remember the anti-social wit of The Man in the White Suit, or the cruel cynicism of The Ladykillers? Sweet Smell of Success was the director's American debut, a rat trap of a film in which a vicious NY gossip hustler (Curtis) grovels for his 'Mr Big' (Lancaster), a monster newspaper columnist who is incestuously obsessed with destroying his kid sister's romance... and a figure as evil and memorable as Orson Welles in The Third Man or Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter. The dark streets gleam with the sweat of fear; Elmer Bernstein's limpid jazz score (courtesy of Chico Hamilton) whispers corruption in the Big City. The screen was rarely so dark or cruel.
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15

UK release:

1957

Duration:

96 mins

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Phillipa Charles

The Lancaster/Curtis relationship is complex, seductive and utterly compelling - a delicate scent of the homoerotic about it. Susan Harrison is excellent as the brow-beaten but ultimately empowered sister. Dirty and truthfull; a thing of real beauty. Watch it - I doubt you'll be dissapointed . . .

Phillipa Charles

The Lancaster/Curtis relationship is complex, seductive and utterly compelling - a delicate scent of the homoerotic about it. Susan Harrison is excellent as the brow-beaten but ultimately empowered sister. Dirty and truthfull; a thing of real beauty. Watch it - I doubt you'll be dissapointed . . .