The Sweet Smell of Success – 1957

The Sweet Smell of Success features great performances by Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster. I’ve seen both actors in so many movies over the years, it was a surprise to see such incredibly rich performances in this movie. The dialog sounds like a pulp novel – the written word – rather than realistic dialog, but for the most part it works, even when it is a bit over the top, which makes me admire the actors even more. Some of the dialog must have been extremely difficult to work with, and yet – not a wrong note anywhere. The cinematography is excellent – the look and feel of every scene so good, it is hard to imagine any way to improve it. All in all, this was a very pleasant surprise – an engaging story and a movie that was incredibly well crafted in every respect.

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