( Sun., Aug. 13, 2017 )
Rialto Theatre, 1620 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27608-2320
Sweet Smell of Success - USA 1957, Not Rated, 96 min.
Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison
This film is about scratching (the “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” type), and two men without morals. One is a powerful newspaper columnist, who could create stars in minutes, and destroy them just as fast. The other man is a ambitious and manipulative press agent who both admires and fears the columnist. The plot is practically irrelevant. It is the unique dialogue, the one-liners and colorful expressions that fascinate.
Admission by season subscription ($20 for 12 films)