Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success ★★★★

A pitch-black Noir that presents a world of moral bankruptcy, where blackmail and deception have spread to every corner. Principles go out the window if you wish to get ahead in life and success is determined by how much use you can be not by how much talent you possess. Tony Curtis radiates sleazy charisma, Burt Lancaster is unnervingly dispassionate, James Wong Howe's photography is strikingly vibrant and Ernest Lehman's script is packed with memorable dialogue.

One of the most caustic films of its era.

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