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07
Jun
7.15pm
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Tue
07
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Tuesday, 07 June 2016 at 7.15pm
Burt Lancaster season
  • Satirical drama
  • 1957
  • USA
  • B&W
  • 95 mins.
 
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Powerful and unscrupulous New York newspaper columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) enlists sleazy press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) to do whatever it takes to break up his sister's affair with a jazz musician. The first American film of Scottish director Alexander Mackendrick, Sweet Smell of Success is a story of power and corruption, with superb performances from Lancaster and Curtis. Based on real life New York City columnist Walter Winchell, Clifford Odets' sharp edged screenplay exposes the underbelly of tabloid publicity in a film which is still as powerful and relevant as ever.

Director:

 
Alexander Mackendrick

Screenplay:

 
Clifford Odets, Earnest Lehman, from the short story, "Tell Me About It" by Lehman. Music by Elmer Bernstein.

Cast:

 
Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Marty Milner, Sam Levene, Barbara Nichols, Jeff Donnell, Joseph Leon.

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