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Sweet Smell of Success

Alexander Mackendrick

 
Sweet Smell of Success (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1957
  • 96 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #555

In the swift, cynical Sweet Smell of Success, directed by Alexander Mackendrick, Burt Lancaster stars as the vicious Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis as Sidney Falco, the unprincipled press agent Hunsecker ropes into smearing the up-and-coming jazz musician romancing his beloved sister. Featuring deliciously unsavory dialogue, in an acid, brilliantly structured script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, and noirish neon cityscapes from Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, Sweet Smell of Success is a cracklingly cruel dispatch from the kill-or-be-killed wilds of 1950s Manhattan.

Cast

J. J. HunseckerBurt Lancaster
Sidney FalcoTony Curtis
Susan HunseckerSusan Harrison
Steve DallasMarty Milner
SallyJeff Donnell
Frank D’AngeloSam Levene
Herbie TempleJoe Frisco
RitaBarbara Nichols
Harry KelloEmile Meyer
MaryEdith Atwater
The Chico Hamilton QuintetThe Chico Hamilton Quintet
Otis ElwellDavid White
Leo BarthaLawrence Dobkin
Mrs. BarthaLurene Tuttle
Mildred TamQueenie Smith
LindaAutumn Russell
Manny DavisJay Adler
Al EvansLewis Charles

Credits

DirectorAlexander Mackendrick
ProducerJames Hill
Music scored and conducted byElmer Bernstein
Photographed byJames Wong Howe
ScreenplayClifford Odets and Ernest Lehman
From the novelette byErnest Lehman
Art directorEdward Carrere
Editorial supervisionAlan Crosland Jr.
SongsChico Hamilton and Fred Katz
Production managerRichard McWhorter
Assistant directorRichard Maybery
Costumes designed byMary Grant
Set decoratorEdward Boyle
MakeupRobert Schiffer
Effects editorRobert Carlisle
Music editorLloyd Young
Sound recordingJack Solomon

Disc Features

  • Exclusive new digital restoration from the original 35 mm camera negative, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar James Naremore
  • Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away, a 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and others
  • James Wong Howe: Cinematographer, a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning director of photography, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe
  • New video interview with film critic and historian Neal Gabler (Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity) about legendary columnist Walter Winchell, inspiration for the character J. J. Hunsecker
  • New video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Giddins, notes about the film and two short stories introducing its characters by screenwriter Ernest Lehman, and an excerpt about Clifford Odets from Mackendrick’s book On Film-making, introduced by the book’s editor, Paul Cronin

    New cover by Sean Phillips

Film Essays

Mackendrick and Odets

March 01, 2011

In 1969, director Alexander Mackendrick retired from the film industry and became founding . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Sweet Smell of Success: The Fantastic Falco

By Gary GiddinsFebruary 22, 2011

It wasn’t intended. No one could have predicted it. But Sweet Smell of Success turned out to . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

January 13, 2012

It’s the time of year when the list makers do their heavy lifting, looking back over the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Mackendrick and Odets

March 01, 2011

In 1969, director Alexander Mackendrick retired from the film industry and became founding . . . Read more »


Clippings

Checking in with Chico

February 25, 2011

Sweet Smell of Success has a lot of boldfaced names associated with it: Tony Curtis, Burt . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Sweet Smell of Success

February 25, 2011

The reviews are in, and here’s the scoop: Sweet Smell of Success is a caustic can’t-miss. . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Sweet Smell of Success: The Fantastic Falco

By Gary GiddinsFebruary 22, 2011

It wasn’t intended. No one could have predicted it. But Sweet Smell of Success turned out to . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

Success Story

February 18, 2011


Video


On Five

A Visit to James Mangold’s Office

By Curtis TsuiDecember 13, 2010

If you’ve read Faber & Faber’s 1998 publication of the Sweet Smell of Success screenplay, . . . Read more »