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Sweet Smell of Success

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  12 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
One of the most daring films of the 1950s, the dark satire Sweet Smell of Success, took on McCarthyism at a time when film studios were cringing under the repressive eye of the censors and an equally intimidating political and media environment. Starring Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis, this film was the first of its kind to take on the Hollywood system as it served up a do ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by British Film Institute (first published 2010)
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Jan 13, 2011 Tosh rated it really liked it
When ever I go to a supper place and have a drink of wine or a martini and sit by myself looking over the restaurant I think of Burt Landcaster in "Sweet Smell of Success." i would like to think i have that type of power to take over a table - but alas the imagination is stronger than life. And that imagination is a film "Sweet Smell of Success."

James Naremore wrote a nice study on the film, but what is really interesting is the story off the screen. For instance the Landcaster character is base
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May 18, 2013 Patrick McCoy rated it liked it
Shelves: film, non-fiction

Since I recently saw the film-noir classic Sweet Smell of Success, I thought I'd read the BFI book version of Sweet Smell Of Success (2010) by critic James Naremore. The book is divided into six sections. The first, Roman a Clef, is a discussion of Ernest Lehman's novella from which the screenplay was adapted. This is followed by "Twilight of the Gods," where Naremore looks at how Burt Lancaster's production company became interested in producing the film. Section three, "A Pain in the Stomach,"
May 06, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
Interesting study of what is arguably one of the best American movies of the Fifties. The first part of the book contextualises the film well, providing some discussion of the film's social backdrop and the details of its production. However, the second half of the book is devoted to an analysis of the film itself - which is fine, except that Naremore chooses to analyse the movie through what is effectively an extended synopsis, a blow-by-blow account of the onscreen action. This is a method of ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Andy rated it really liked it
Closer to 3.5 stars. This is the first book I've read from the BFI Films series. It's quite short (only 110 pages) and I suppose it's designed to give the reader the gist of the movie. It gives a few interesting details and provides scattered insight into certain aspects of the film, but is far from comprehensive.
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