How cool is Tony Curtis? I only recently discovered the answer:
During my horror movie marathons last month, I was mesmerized by his portrayal of Albert DeSalvo in The Boston Strangler
. Then I watched him own the screen in Sweet Smell of Success
on DVD earlier this week. Granted, those are the only two films I've seen from his impressive filmography (The Defiant Ones, Trapeze, Some Like it Hot
), but I think I'm in love. Shame on me for not discovering this charismatic star earlier. In the two performances mentioned above, he's got a little bit of that Brando thing: naturalistic, totally into the role, and able to play despicable people while still managing to charm the pants off you. I'm eager to check out more of his work.
In the meantime, watch Sweet Smell of Success
if you haven't already seen it. It recently started being included on various "top 100 films of all times" lists, and I can see why. Great acting, great direction, excellent script...and you'll feel dirty after watching it. One of those rare classics from the 50s that still manage to feel fresh, it's a simple story about complex ideas: love, sex, greed, morality, and (of course) success. Definitely check it.