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Sweet Smell of Success

Posted by martinteller on January 20, 2007

Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster are phenomenal as a toadying weasel and a Machiavellian manipulator, respectively. The story of two men utterly devoid of morality, and their complete disregard for anyone who would stand in the way of their ambitions. Every moment is fascinating, especially those where Curtis sinks to new depths, and the suggestions of an incestuous relationship between Lancaster and his sister. The Lehman/Odets script is tightly plotted with dialogue as snappy and brisk as anything from Billy Wilder or Howard Hawks. And Howe’s photography is superb, crisp contrast and dramatic angles. I was really knocked off my feet by this one, a truly great film.  Rating: 10

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