Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
Dir: Alexander Mackendrick
Tony Curtis gives his greatest performance as cutthroat press agent Sidney Falco, willing to sell his soul to syndicated columnist Burt Lancaster for a few lines of copy, in director Alexander Mackendrick’s dark, glittering gem of a movie - one of the most frightening and seductive films of the 1950s. Brilliantly scripted by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, with stunning, mood-drenched black-and-white photography by the legendary James Wong Howe. “Match me, Sidney …”
Dir: Gordon Wiles
Barry Sullivan gives an intense performance as Shubunka, a two-bit, paranoid Scarface trying to stave off elimination by the encroaching syndicate. This Poverty Row product compresses the rise-and-fall gangster scenario into a moody bit of noir theater, bolstered by a supporting cast that blasts its way through the stylized dialogue of uncredited scripter Dalton Trumbo. Co-starring ice skater-turned-actress Belita.
Dir: Fritz Lang
Gotham College professor Richard Wanley (Edward G. Robinson) becomes obsessed with a woman’s portrait in the window near his men’s club. While admiring the painting, he meets the flesh-and-blood subject (Joan Bennett) and is willingly lured up to her apartment for some Champagne. The woman’s boyfriend bursts in, gets the wrong idea, a lethal scuffle ensues, and before you can say “poor sap,” Wanley agrees to dump the body and cover up the death. Much like in SCARLET STREET, Robinson and director Fritz Lang make a great team, with Robinson perfectly evoking the dangerous pathos of a middle-aged man tempted by youth.