Sweet Smell of Success

Monday, November 17
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1hr 36mins // directed by:Alexander Mackendrick // featuring:Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis // 35mm

Featuring a post-screening conversation with special guests (including director Melia Bensussen) from the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Clifford Odets’ Awake and Sing!

In the swift, cynical Sweet Smell of Success, directed by Alexander Mackendrick, Burt Lancaster stars as the vicious Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis as Sidney Falco, the unprincipled press agent Hunsecker ropes into smearing the up-and-coming jazz musician romancing his beloved sister. Featuring deliciously unsavory dialogue, in an acid, brilliantly structured script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, and noirish neon cityscapes from Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe, Sweet Smell of Success is a cracklingly cruel dispatch from the kill-or-be-killed wilds of 1950s Manhattan. (Criterion Collection)

New York Times film critic A.O. Scott has described Odets’ dialogue in the film as “high-toned street vernacular that no real New Yorker has ever spoken but that every real New Yorker wishes he could." In a conversation moderated by Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland, director Melia Bensussen and others will discuss how Odets’ distinct vernacular informs The Sweet Smell of Success and Awake and Sing!

Please click here for tickets and/or more information about the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of Awake and Sing!, which runs N