Sweet Smell of Success ★★★★★

The type of movie you need a cold shower after to wash off the scummy feeling of seeing bad guys do worse and worse things to the harm of everyone around them - most of all themselves.

Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster are absolutely terrifying and deliciously reprehensible throughout. Curtis’ self-destructive ambition feels like the grounding point for so many protagonists in decades to follow, from Walter White to Jordan Belfort, who are (to some odd sense of tragedy) undone by their own means.

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