Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick • 1957 • United States
Starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison

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.

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Sweet Smell of Success
  • Sweet Smell of Success

    Directed by Alexander Mackendrick • 1957 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison

    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 ...

Extras

  • SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS Edition Intro

  • SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS Commentary

    Recorded in 2010, this commentary features film scholar James Naremore, author of the BFI Film Classics series’ “Sweet Smell of Success.”

  • Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away

    This 1986 Scottish Television documentary about SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS filmmaker Alexander Mackendrick features interviews with the director, actors Burt Lancaster and James Coburn, producer James Hill, and others.

  • James Wong Howe: Cinematographer

    This 1973 documentary about SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS’s James Wong Howe features the Oscar-winning director of photography discussing his philosophy of cinematography, and offering a tutorial on film lighting.

  • Neal Gabler on Walter Winchell and SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

    This 2011 video piece, with author and film historian Neal Gabler (“Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity”), looks at Walter Winchell, the media powerhouse who inspired SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS’s J.J. Hunsecker.

  • James Mangold on Alexander Mackendrick

    In this 2011 video interview, writer-director James Mangold remembers his CalArts mentor and teacher Alexander Mackendrick, and details how SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS reflects Mackendrick’s central instructions about filmmaking.