Fifth about The Seventh

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success: solid, powerful drama which is very noir-like thematically and aesthetically, if not in the setting. The cast, spearheaded by a chilly performance by Burt Lancaster, spits the sharp dialogue as such dialogue requires; it’s a great pleasure to see great lines read so well. The real standout, however, is the camera work of James Wong Howe: expressive, dynamic, always interesting to look at. Nice little gem of a movie.

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