Thursday, June 9

Staff Picks (past events)Repertory Series ArchivePrime Noir of the 1950s

Sweet Smell of Success

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(1957) dir Alexander MacKendrick w/Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Susan Harrison [96 min; 35mm]
Lancaster and Curtis shine as a ruthless Big Apple gossip columnist and his toady/rival who is developing something like a conscience. With a script by the great Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman and great performances all around, the barbs fly fast and furious in this caustic tale.

“One of those rare films where you remember the names of the characters because you remember them — as people, as types, as benchmarks.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“The main incentive to see this movie is its witty, pungent and idiomatic dialogue, such as you never hear on the screen anymore in this age of special-effects illiteracy.” – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

“Lancaster and Curtis’ characters are two of the greatest in the history of American cinema—the former for his terrifying savvy, and the latter for the way he boasts that he “don’t want tips from the kitty” even as he’s heading out the door without an overcoat, because he doesn’t have enough money to check it.” – Noel Murray, AV Club


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Thursday 6/9
at 8:30 PM
Sunday 6/12
at 1:00 PM

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