Sweet Smell of Success
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Sweet Smell of Success


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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Year: 1957
Format: Blu-ray
Genre: Drama
Cast: Autumn Russell, Barbara Nichols, Burt Lancaster, David White, Edith Atwater, Emile Meyer, Jay Adler, Jeff Donnell, Joe Frisco, Lawrence Dobkin, Lewis Charles, Lurene Tuttle, Marty Milner, Queenie Smith, Sam Levene, Susan Harrison, The Chico Hamilton Quintet, Tony Curtis
Original Language: English
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Number of discs: 1
Street Date: 22-Feb-11
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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.

* 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_

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