While not particularly successful at the box office, Patrick Mackendrick's 1957 film Sweet Smell of Success
has over the years gained the status of classic, thanks to its searing script and the fantastically slimy performances by its two leads Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster (check out Dave Canfield's review of the Criterion edition
to find out more). And in France, where the film is known as Le Grand Chantage
, it has now been given a stellar release by Wild Side Video.
Wild Side Video has several different approaches on how to tackle its special editions. Sometimes they create beautiful boxes which add a book or two to their general release, like they did with The Red Turtle
But sometimes they release books. Big, BIG slip-cased books, which happen to have the films included in them. And if you can read French a bit, you're in for a treat. Wild Side Video's releases of Gun Crazy
and especially their (even larger-sized) Night of the Hunter
are rightfully legendary, and now Sweet Smell of Success
has gotten that very same treatment.
Here is a gallery of shots. Click on the edge of the pictures to scroll through them, or at the center of each to see a bigger version!
And here it is: a big, tough cardboard box.
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