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Loved the 50's New York street scenes.
The dialogue is about 80% metaphors. Great film.
The Sweet Smell Of Success shows the dark world of media and is fantastically shot by James Wong Howe. Tony and Curtis and Burt Lancaster also make one of the most despicable characters in cinema
Superb movie - clever, engaging and enthralling.
Sidney Falco is a press agent. His livelihood depends on him getting coverage for his clients with influential newspaper columnists. The most influential is JJ Hunsecker and Falco would do anything to get in his good books. Currently he is trying to break up the relationship of Hunsecker's sister with a jazz guitarist that Hunsecker doesn't like. This leads to a Machiavellian plot and profound repercussions.
Superb. Incredibly clever and complex plot - Falco and Hunsecker's scheming is something to behold. Quite Shakespearean in the planning, the knock-on effects and how innocent people get sucked in and affected by the plan. Incredibly enthralling as you get pulled into a very realistic cut-throat world where nothing gets done without a quid pro quo, kindness is a rarity and there seems no escape from the influence of the main protagonists.
Quite engaging - you feel for the characters and your loyalties change as the facts change and people reveal their true selves through their actions.
The movie is rounded off by an excellent performance by Burt Lancaster as JJ Hunsecker. He's a manipulative, unscrupulous villain in a suit and revels in the role. Genuinely scary.
This turns the 1950's big city world of public relations into a sordid, conniving criminal enterprise. Lancaster makes a fantastic villain, and Curtis' charm somehow occasionally shines through an otherwise repulsive character. Dark, unpredictable, sinister fun.
Cool as hell and extremely well written. This is one of the more vicious noirs of this era.
The Devil is offering you a deal. Do you take it? Or do you suffer from it? If you answered both, you are correct. But it won't change how grand it is.
Makes the journalism business seem as dark and dangerous as the mob, and that's pretty cool.
A very cynical view of mankind and showbiz people specifically. Burts Lancaster and Tony Curtiss are superb.
Alexander MacKendrick at his finest -- or nearly! A fantastic film noir.
Sweet Smell of Success has a very important story, good character development, it is well made and so well acted plus the third act is very dramatic and intense, but everything that came before it wasn't as great, the film isn't that great of a noir film as it was too modern in my opinion, way too underutilized, a bit cold and ultimately overrated.