Sweet Smell of Success (Mackendrick, 1957)

An early front-runner for Blu-ray of the year is Criterion’s high-definition transfer of Alexander Mackendrick’s masterpiece Sweet Smell of Success, a brazen, sweaty, and razor-sharp critique of American power lust. This film, not Citizen Kane, is the most prominent thematic precursor to Fincher’s The Social Network. My review can be found at Slant.