I just rented this film (thank you Netflix) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not growing up or even being born in the early 60’s when this classic film came out I have no idea how it impacted culture during all the changes that where happening in our society in the 60’s. This was the first movie I personally have seen from the late 50’s early 60’s that included issues like corporate corruption, suicide, and adultery so up front. Was this normal fare for cinema by 1960? Or was this movie more groundbreaking at it’s time? Was this movie a springboard to other more culturally challenging cinema of the 60’s? To me the story and the problems the characters faced transcend completely into our time culture. But I don’t think it would have the shocking effect that it might have had over 40 years ago. Also to the best of my knowledge color photography for cinema was widely available. Was it the directors choice to shoot a Scope B&W movie if so why? Or am I just off on my history of color film?