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Sunday, May 08, 2005

"The Cats In The Bag And The Bags In The River"

When watching the film "Sweet Smell of Success" this morning I couldn't help but be nostalgic for a time when I wasn't even born (if that makes any sense). It is a film that gave us not one but two magnetic performances by Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster, both disturbing in their own right. James Wong Howe sets the standard high with his gorgeous black and white photography, capturing a dirt under the fingernails view of New York City in the 1950's. Clifford Odets' dialogue seals the deal.
 
Dark, cynical and fascinating. A true character study in what motivates us to do what we do to get what we want and how twisted that path can be.

This brilliant film by frequently overlooked director Alexander Mackendrick should not be missed.

Rent it immediately....

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