I don't know about anyone else, but there does come a point in the awards season's frantic celebration of the present when I start to feel like taking refuge in the past. Hence my eagerness to join in with the excitement around the admirable Criterion Collection's lavish DVD release of Sweet Smell of Success – Alexander Mackendrick's masterpiece of greed, amorality and one-liners to die for.
It is, of course, a film to be cherished at any time – its portrait of the machinations of monstrous gossip columnist Jj Hunsecker and PR flunkey Sidney Falco are a joy. But there's a particular value in seeing it again in the runup to the Oscars. After all, in any sane world it would sweep the board were it released today, not just for