Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster in Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Sweet Smell of Success

Alexander Mackendrick | United States | 1957 | PG

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Wed 3 May 2023

Lancaster is brilliant in his iconic role as a steely, ruthless, muck-raking New York gossip columnist fed the dirt by an array of minions including Tony Curtis’ unctuous press agent. Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets’ searing, bracingly cynical and endlessly quotable script is wonderfully supported by James Wong Howe’s extraordinary low-key cinematography, a vivid array of bit players and supporting actors including Barbara Nichols and members of The Chico Hamilton Quartet, and one of the great jazz-inflected scores composed by Elmer Bernstein.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Runtime: 96 mins

Event duration

96 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Burt Lancaster (1913–94) didn’t appear in his first film until he was in her early thirties. Prior to his breakthrough role alongside Ava Gardner in The Killers (1946), he had a highly successful career as a circus acrobat and as an entertainer in the Special Forces during World War II...

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