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5.0 out of 5 stars Popularity In A Line of Work For A Certain Cost
In “The Sweet Smell Of Success” movie,Burt Lancaster and Sidney Falco star as two men (characters of Sidney Falco and J.J. Hunsecker) who work in media jobs and have certain “dealings” with each other. Sidney Falco is a Manhattan Press Agent who would like to gain more notoriety and popularity. J.J. Hunsecker is involved in a prominent and popular...
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Iï¿ve seen this some days ago, and i must say at first i wasnï¿t very interested in those quick and cynical dialogues between Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster, but then I realised the story was deliciously evil and I kept myself stick to the screen.
What a screenplay! It was made by North By Northwestï¿s Ernest Lehman and it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Popularity In A Line of Work For A Certain Cost, May 14 2014
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This review is from: The Sweet Smell of Success (Widescreen) (DVD)
In “The Sweet Smell Of Success” movie,Burt Lancaster and Sidney Falco star as two men (characters of Sidney Falco and J.J. Hunsecker) who work in media jobs and have certain “dealings” with each other. Sidney Falco is a Manhattan Press Agent who would like to gain more notoriety and popularity. J.J. Hunsecker is involved in a prominent and popular newspaper column. However,
Hunsecker only wants to help Falco in his career goals if he meddles in the relationship of his younger sister Susan and boyfriend musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Puissant effet, Dec 24 2012
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Un grand film de Mackendrick, avec des Curtis et et Lancaster très confrontants qui nous offrent de grandes performances d acteurs dans une cite qui semble ne pas laisser place a a compassion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Sweet Smell of Success (1957) ... Alexander Mackendrick ... Criterion (2011)", Dec 16 2010
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J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews
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The Criterion Collection presents "SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS" (27 June 1957) (96 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Burt Lancaster stars as J. J. Hunsecker, a Walter Winchell-style columnist who wields his power like a club, steamrolling friends and enemies alike --- Tony Curtis co-stars as Sidney Falco, a sycophantic press agent who'd sell his grandmother to get an item into Hunsecker's popular newspaper column --- Hunsecker enlists Falco's aid in ruining the reputation of jazz guitarist Steve Dallas (Martin Milner), who has had the temerity to court Hunsecker's sister Susan (Susan Harrison) --- Falco contrives to plant marijuana on Dallas, then summons corrupt, sadistic NYPD officer Harry Kello (Emile Meyer), who owes Hunsecker several favors, to arrest the innocent singer.
A sharp-edged, penetrating film, Sweet Smell of Success is now regarded as a model of street-smart cinematic cynicism --- The electric performances of the stars are matched by the taut direction of Alex MacKendrick, the driving jazz score of Elmer Bernstein, and the evocative nocturnal camera work of James Wong Howe.

Under the production staff of:
Alexander Mackendrick [Director]
Writers:Clifford Odets [Screenwriter]
Ernest Lehman [Screenwriter]
James Hill [Producer]
Elmer Bernstein [Original Film Score]
James Wong Howe [Cinematographer]
Edward Carrere [Art Director]

BIOS:
1. Alexander Mackendrick [Director]
Date of Birth: 8 September 1912 - Boston, Massachusetts
Date of Death: 22 December 1993 - Los Angeles, California

2. Burt Lancaster
Date of Birth: 2 November 1913 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 20 October 1994 - Century City, California

3. Tony Curtis [aka: Bernard Herschel Schwartz]
Date of Birth: 3 June 1925 - The Bronx, New York
Date of Death: 29 September 2010 - Henderson, Las Vegas, Nevada

the cast includes:
Burt Lancaster ... [J.J. Hunsecker]
Tony Curtis ... [Sidney Falco]
Susan Harrison ... [Susan Hunsecker
Martin Milner ... [Steve Dallas]
Jeff Donnell ... [Sally]
Sam Levene ... [Frank D' Angelo]
Joe Frisco ... [Herbie Temple]
Barbara Nichols ... [Rita]
Emile Meyer ... [Lt. Harry Kello]
Edith Atwater ... [Mary]
The Chico Hamilton Quintet ... [Themselves]

SPECIAL FEATURES [BONUS]:
1. Exclusive new digital restoration from the original 35 mm camera negative (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition)
2. New audio commentary featuring film scholar James Naremore
3. Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away, a 1986 documentary featuring interviews with director Alexander Mackendrick, actor Burt Lancaster, producer James Hill, and others
4. James Wong Howe: Cinematographer, a 1973 documentary about the Oscar-winning director of photography, featuring lighting tutorials with Howe
5. 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
6. New video interview with filmmaker James Mangold about Mackendrick, his instructor and mentor
7.. Original theatrical trailer
8. 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

Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]

Total Time: 96 min on DVD ~ Criterion ~ (02/22/2011)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Blu-Ray of an excellent film., April 25 2011
Sweet Smell of Success is one of my personal favorites, and in my opinion, this is one of the best Blu-Rays I have purchased. For a great review of the film himself, I would direct prospective buyers to Roger Ebert's review, on his Chicago Sun-Times website.

This Blu-Ray features the film itself with a beautiful high-def transfer, cleaned audio, a wealth of extras, and a hefty 56-page booklet. The cardboard packaging is very nice as well. This release upholds the Criterion Collection's very high standards admirably.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, May 25 2004
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This review is from: The Sweet Smell of Success (Widescreen) (DVD)
I was stunned when I watched this film, and it's been a while since that's happened. The script, the acting, the cinematography are all dazzling. Why this isn't mentioned in the same breath as "The Third Man" is unforgivable. Even the score is wonderful. Also, the film demands a second viewing because there is far to much to take in. Watching it I was reminded of "Citizen Kane," "Sunset Boulevard," "The Third Man," and maybe a little Godard (maybe the look of "Alphaville"?). The film really feels like it exists in a time and place, oozing atmosphere. The only downside to the film and dvd is that some of the scenes were not restored quite as well as others, but this is an excusable oversight, considering the shimmering quality of the rest of the film and one can only hope for a special edition or criterion release in the future with commentary by a film critic or two.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "You're a cookie filled with arsenic.", Jan. 13 2004
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This review is from: The Sweet Smell of Success (Widescreen) (DVD)
Sweet Smell of Success is not only an example of a quintessential film noir, it is also a quintessential movie about New York City. As J.J. Hunsecker puts it so well, "I love this dirty town." This is a tough, gritty, uncompromising film with dialogue that crackles and pops (in some respects, David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross is a homage to this movie) with intensity as the various characters trade barbs with each other.
The film belongs to Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster. Both were huge stars at the time and cast themselves against type in this movie. Naturally, the film tanked when it was released but it has since become a much admired and imitated film (Oliver Stone has said that a lot of his movie, Wall Street, was inspired by Sweet Smell). Curtis is note perfect as a slimy agent who'll do anything to get his clients promoted and climb the social ladder. This puts him at odds with the most powerful columnist in the city--J.J. Hunsecker, played by Lancaster. J.J. can kill careers with a few words and it is this power that makes him such a dangerous person.
The film also features stunning black and white cinematography that is moody and atmospheric. New York City has never looked so dark and foreboding. The camerawork is rich and textured and it is fascinating to see a New York City that just doesn't exist anymore. Watching this film is like stepping into a time machine.
The DVD is a bit of letdown. The transfer could be better. I noticed scratches and dirt on the print. And the lack of extras is unexcusable. C'mon, a retrospective documentary with film historians and Tony Curtis (who is still alive) would've been nice. The studio really dropped the ball in that respect. A classic like this one deserves more respect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The pen is deadlier than the sword, Nov. 28 2003
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Eva25at (Vienna, Austria) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Sweet Smell of Success (Widescreen) (DVD)
J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) writes a newspaper column that 42 million people read. He deals mainly with two kinds of persons: those who would give anything to be mentioned in his column (would-be stars and washed-up vaudevillians) and those who would give anything not to be mentioned in his column (politicians with secrets). He is absolutely merciless, but he has a weak spot: His nineteen years old sister Susie (Susan Harrison). He has her sexy Photo on his desk, when he invites her to embrace him he sounds like the spider talking to the fly, and when he sees her asleep in her bed he tears himself away from her and gasps for breath out of fear he might be doing what he knows he is capable to do...
Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) is J.J's press agent and his little dog. He considers J.J. as his ladder for success. He has even a conscience, but at the end he always obeys his master's orders.
Susie has a boy-friend: Steve (Martin Milner), a talented young jazz musician that any mother in law would welcome. But not J.J. He orders Sidney to separate them. Sidney's plan is very simple: he brings another newspaper columnist to write a slanderous article about Steve. First he tries blackmail, then pimping: he drives his own girlfried, a young mother, to prostitution. The article is published. Steve is denounced as marijuana-smoker and communist, and he is fired. But he and Susie understand very well who is behind this article. Sidney suggests that J.J. should use his influence to help Steve get his job back - what better way to look good in the eyes of his sister? But Steve has committed a deadly sin: He confronted J.J. In Public. J.J. wants his revenge. And this time he goes too far...
Atmospheric and brilliantly acted. Burt Lancaster reminds me of a giant snake: one does not argue with him. He would listen unmoved, then suddenly repeat a word. Any word. His antagonist loses the thread, feels ashamed, becomes inconsistent...Lancaster-Hunsecker can make even intelligent people feel dumb by sheer trickery. It you tend to look down on Tony Curtis because of the tons of trashy films he made, prepare yourself for a jaw-dropping experience. That he was not nominated for an oscar is beyond me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Two Great Shows of Ruthlessness, Nov. 10 2003
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This review is from: The Sweet Smell of Success (Widescreen) (DVD)
Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) is a ruthlessly ambitious publicist in New York City of 1957. He relies upon the city's most powerful gossip columnist, J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) to print items that publicize his clients. But it's a game of give and take. Hunsecker expects something in return for his contributions to Falco's livelihood. As it happens, Hunsecker's younger sister Susie (Susan Harrison) has fallen in love with an up-and-coming jazz musician named Steve Dallas (Martin Milner), much to her brother's displeasure. Falco accepts the task of breaking up the relationship in exchange for Hunsecker's publicity,but even Sidney Falco doesn't imagine how far he might be willing to go to satisfy his ambitions.
"Sweet Smell of Success" is based on the novella of the same name by Ernest Lehman and was adapted for the screen by Lehman and Clifford Odets. I can't say if this window into the dog-eat-dog world of tabloid journalism and media hype shocked audiences in 1957 when the film was first released. I don't think that a bleak urban landscape populated by sociopathic careerists is likely to surprise anyone now, though. And I didn't find the film's famously biting dialogue to be especially hard-hitting. But the story is still a good one. Burt Lancaster's chilling performance handily stands the test of time. J.J. Hunsecker is a vile, hateful human being utterly devoid of any redeeming characteristic. He never exchanges words with anyone without making a threat. His character didn't impress me as realistic, because he is completely lacking in tact and discretion. His threats are never veiled. My feeling is that such a person would have long ago perished at the hands of those he tries to manipulate if he had not learned to occasionally be coy in his machinations. But Burt Lancaster is able to sell Hunsecker as an imposing, threatening figure in spite of the man's over-the-top behavior. Lancaster endows the character with such presence that the audience believes Hunsecker might be realistic. It's a great performance. The character of Sidney Falco was essentially a self-obsessed yuppie poseur before such a creature had a name. Tony Curtis' fine performance gave birth to a stereotype that we continue to see in many films today. So I'm recommending "Sweet Smell of Success" for the performances in particular.
The DVD: Subtitles are available in French and Spanish, and dubbing is available in French. One theatrical trailer is included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chomp chomp chew chew spit, Nov. 1 2003
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Ian Muldoon (Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
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Chewing up and spitting out the reputations of those he doesn't favour, the columnist extraordinaire JJ Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) is one of the greatest portraits of the use and misuse of power ever put to film. It is also Mr Curtis' greatest role. He was born to play Sidney Falco who'd sell his mother to get his own column. Add to this coruscating dialogue, Mr James Wong Howe behind the camera, and the objective outsider's view of the American urban landscape, and you have one masterpiece of American cinema. The Chico Hamilton Quintet are an added bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You Won�t Believe It . . ., Aug. 12 2003
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There's no profanity. No blood. No guns, knives, or bombs. But the lack of these things doesn't keep 'Sweet Smell of Success' from being one of the most wicked, hateful, spiteful, vicious, murderous portrayals of how people can act toward one another.
Tony Curtis plays Sidney Falco, a two-bit New York press agent trying to reach for the big time. He's such a small time operator that his name is taped to his office door (which is also his apartment door). He makes promises he can't keep and ignores anyone who can't help him in stepping on others on his way to the top.
J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) is the King of Gossip. His newspaper column is read by 60 million people a day. He is truly the master of all he surveys, making and breaking celebrities with the stroke of his typewriter. He can see right through you and cut you to pieces in the time it takes you to light his cigarette. Yet you light it anyway. That's how powerful he is.
Falco is little more than a minor annoyance to Hunsecker, until the day that Falco learns that Hunsecker's sister is engaged to a musician that Hunsecker hates. Falco sees his opportunity to get in good with Hunsecker by wrecking the musician's career. That's when the sparks start to fly and they never stop until the end of the film.
Ernest Lehman's script is sharp, biting, and relentless. Curtis has never been better. And Lancaster, who has had many great roles in his brilliant career, is perfection. 'Sweet Smell of Success' is just as powerful today as it was in 1957. Tough, gritty, hard-hitting...without any four-letter words. Can anyone make 'em like this anymore? Not hardly.
1 hour 36 minutes
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