1957, MGM/Park Circus, 96 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Mackendrick

Tony Curtis gives his greatest performance as cutthroat press agent Sidney Falco, willing to sell his soul to syndicated columnist Burt Lancaster for a few lines of copy, in director Alexander Mackendrick’s dark, glittering gem of a movie - one of the most frightening and seductive films of the 1950s. Brilliantly scripted by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman, with stunning, mood-drenched black-and-white photography by the legendary James Wong Howe. “Match me, Sidney …

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