1. Even as the gossip biz has grown more ruthlessly ubiquitous, our movies have become tamer. Made during the supposedly square 1950s, Sweet Smell of Success is a portrait of American ambition so curdled that it makes The Social Network — a movie considered too hip, dark, and ironic to win the Oscar — seem almost sunny.

    — John Powers’ take on the 1957 classic Sweet Smell of Success

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