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Sunset Boulevard (1950) Movie Information

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Billy Wilder


William Holden
Gloria Swanson
Nancy Olson
Erich von Stroheim
Jack Webb
Fred Clark





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A screenwriter is desperate for a job, when he finds himself in front of a legendary silent film era movie star. He writes script for her, but will it be good enough to make him famous? Or does he even want to be famous?

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mitchellyoung 12/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Wilder's meditation on fame and stardom is firmly rooted in terrific noir moments. The creepy setting of a vacuous Hollywood mansion - an altar to celebrity past - is fitting in a tale that walks the line between tragedy and black comedy. Wilder's writing has never been sharper, as he is able to cut deep into reflection on human emotion and Gloria Swanson gives a captivating, withering performance.

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Here's one classic that I feel deserves all of it's praise. This satire has some great dark comedic moments and the story is a terrific mix of noir, romance and tragedy. Swanson's former star character contains all the right complexities of someone who's own line between reality and fiction has faded.

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I seem to be the only person in the world who didn't particularly like this movie's ending. I did, however, think that the rest of it was pretty good.

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Our Daily Free Stream: Billy Wilder - Sunset Boulevard. Billy Wilders Sunset Boulevard ist das Portrait einer vergessenen Diva der Stummfilmzeit, die zurückgezogen in einer grotesken Villa lebt. Wie im Exil sieht sie ihre alten Filme immer wieder an und träumt von einem Comeback. Sunset Boulevard ist ausserdem ein Liebesfilm und nur die Liebesgeschichte hält das Werk davon ab, zu einem Waxfigurenkabinett zu verkommen. Gloria Swanson in ihrer grössten Rolle spielt Norma Desmond. William Holden gestaltet die schwierige Rolle eines Schriftstellers, der nur halb so alt ist wie sie und sich aushalten lässt. Die Figur aber, die den ganzen Film zusammenhält und ihm sein Gewicht verschafft, ist der treue Butler Max, gespielt von Erich von Stroheim. Man sagt, der Film sei so nahe dran am Leben, da...


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03/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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William Holden stars as a down on his luck screen writer who stumbles upon faded silent movie star Gloria Swanson whilst avoiding some repo men. He sees her as an opportunity to hustle a few bucks only to find himself mired deeper and deeper in her isolated, nightmarish little world. Another cynical classic from Billy Wilder, this film is a black hearted satire on Hollywood society and its obsession with image and self. Swanson is brilliant as the hilariously awful ex-starlet who surrounds herself with her own image, incapable of dealing with a world that has passed her by. Holden's character is not much more sympathetic as the self-interested operator, consumed with self loathing at his own parasitic relationship with the quite clearly insane old dame, and Erich Von Stroheim is creepy as...

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Joseph C. Gillis (William Holden) accidentally parks into the garage of aging star Norma Desmond (Norma Swanson). Betty Shaefer (Olson) is assisted by Joseph in creating a screenplay while Norma’s loyal butler Max (von Stroheim) keeps an eye on him. One of a few noteworthy lines: Norma Desmond – “The stars are ageless, aren't they?” “All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.” Joe Gillis – “Life can be beautiful!” Screenplay was well written and the plot very interesting. Soundtrack was soothing the ears unfortunately the characters were not likable. You have a girl about to get married and yet falls for a writer she doesn’t know well, the writer rides the wave of luck since her partner is rich while an fading Hollywood star tried to regain her glory by expecting a picture th...

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