11 December 2005

Dream double bill # 7 'Sweet Smell of Success' and 'Nightmare Alley'

The theme of this weekend's double bill is ambition. It occurred to me whilst watching 'Nightmare Alley' (1947) that Tyrone Power's character; Stanton Carlisle is motivated by success much in the same way as Sidney Falco played by Tony Curtis in 'Sweet Smell of Success' (1957).

2 comments:

Flickhead said...

Another good co-feature for "Nightmare Alley" is "The Shining" -- twin portraits of addiction, ego and self-loathing. The Great Stanton and Jack Torrance are kindred spirits,
geeks to the last drop.

Richard Gibson said...

Thanks, yes that would make a good double bill.