SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
I enjoyed this film a lot. However, it is interesting to note that the experience of watching this film today is much different than the experience it produced in viewers when it was originally released. Much of the "hep" style that truly was "hep" at the time the film was released now seems merely quaint. In particular, the sound track no doubt added a dramatic edge to the movie when it was released, but now serves primarily to date the movie. Watching this movie caused me to start thinking about the extent to which many movies being released today use contemporary music in the soundtracks to amplify the emotional feel of the movie. Many of those movies will produce a very different emotional effect when viewed by audiences a few decades from now.
I gave this movie a rating of 3 stars.
Ron Boothe