NOIR CITY 7: THE KILLERS / SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
(1946, Universal, 103 min., dir. Robert Siodmak)
NOIR CITY is proud to present the exclusive premiere of Universal's brand-new 35-mm restoration (including a totally remastered soundtrack) of the film that's been called the Citizen Kane of film noir. It's all here: murder, betrayal, lust, flashbacks, sumptuous visuals, double- and triple-crosses, whipcrack dialogue . . . and sexy young'ns Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner erupting into stardom.
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
(1957, United Artists, 96 min., scr. Clifford Odets, dir. Alexander Mackendrick)
Our ode to the newspaper business concludes with the nastiest, most acid-tongued indictment of the power of the press ever produced. Burt Lancaster gives a legendary performance as J. J. Hunsecker, the most feared columnist in New York, who delights in making desperate press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) do his dirty deeds. Simply put: one of the most enjoyably unpleasant films ever made.
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