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Sweet Smell Of Success: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 96 Minutes
  • Region: A Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Blu-Ray Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    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
The smell of greed. Never in the history of cinema has greed and corruption been so viscerally presented; now, with this Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition of "Sweet Smell of Success" (1957), Alexander Mackendrick's brutal look at the underbelly of Broadway has never been better. Tony Curtis shines as an opportunistic press agent who clashes in a power struggle with Burt Lancaster who plays an all-powerful, totally corrupt newspaper columnist. The two clash menacingly in the midst of a stylish Manhattan nightclub, as reputations are bought and sold and Curtis' whole life hangs in the balance. This masterpiece of film noir is a spectacular example of the genre.
 
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