Sweet Smell Of Success: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1957) / Region A
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Sweet Smell Of Success: The Criterion Collection

In the swift, cynical Sweet Smell Of Success, directed by Alexander Mackendrick (The Ladykillers), Burt Lancaster (Brute , The Leopard) stars as barbaric Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis (Some Like It Hot, Spartacus) 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 (Notorious, Bigger Than Life) and Ernest Lehman (North By Northwest, The Sound Of Music), and noirish neon cityscapes from Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe (The Thin Man, Yankee Doodle Dandy), Sweet Smell Of Success is a cracklingly cruel dispatch from the kill-or-be-killed wilds of 1950s Manhattan.

Details

  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Nov 17 2010
  • Production Year 1957
  • Empire SKU 1557423
  • UPC Code 715515067911
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

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 an 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

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.66:1 B&W

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