Sunset Boulevard

1950 • 110 minutes
4.6
126 reviews
98%
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Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond, an aging silent-film queen, and William Holden, as the struggling young screenwriter who is held in thrall by her madness, created two of the screen's most memorable characters in "Sunset Boulevard." Winner of three Academy Awards®, director Billy Wilder's powerful orchestration of the bizarre tale is a true cinematic classic. From the unforgettable opening sequence -- a body found floating in a decayed mansion's swimming pool -- through the inevitable unfolding of tragic destiny, "Sunset Boulevard" is the definitive statement on the dark and desperate side of Hollywood. Erich von Stroheim as Desmond's discoverer, ex-husband and butler, and Nancy Olson as the bright spot amidst unrelenting ominousness, are equally celebrated for their masterful performances.
4.6
126 reviews
Ardan Michael Blum
January 5, 2021
Many see this as Billy Wilder's greatest film and a classic for all time. It stars William Holden as Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star who draws him into her fantasy world where she dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen, with Erich von Stroheim as Max von Mayerling, her devoted servant. In the movie, Norma Desmond's address is 10086 Sunset Boulevard in the film but in reality, the filming location was 641 S. Irving Blvd at the corner of Irving and Wilshire.
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The Cinephiles
December 24, 2015
Billy Wilder has a great ability to direct and write any style of film he pleases. With a Noir/Comedy/Drama Wilder has encapsulated the melting pot of his career in this dramatic noir film that tells the story of forgotten stars and obsessions.
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Byron Myers
March 5, 2015
Extremely dark and paints a depressing picture of Hollywood. One of the greatest movies I have ever seen. Holds up extremely well today. Billy Wilder shows us why he's a genius.
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