Sweet Smell of Success – A Scathing Expose
June, 1957 – Sweet Smell of Success has debuted with an eye-opening revelation of the dirty dealing poisonous power of the pen. J.J. Hunsecker, as coldly played by Burt Lancaster, is a New York City tabloid king. A mention in his newspaper column can be a career maker, or the kiss of death.
Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, and powered by the intense performances of Lancaster and Tony Curtis, Sweet Smell of Success clearly displays all the corruption and betrayal one could possibly imagine. Curtis’ performance as press agent, and J.J. Hunsecker wannabe, Sidney Falco gives us a character who desperately, and unethically, seeks his own personal success. Success attained with methods that know no boundary.
Sweet Smell of Success is an intense Film Noir that must be seen in order to understand what really goes on behind the making of tabloid headlines.