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Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Sunset Blvd. poster Rating: 8.5/10 (134,366 votes)
Director: Billy Wilder
Writer: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr.
Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson
Runtime: 110 min
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Released: 25 Aug 1950
Plot: A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.
Billy Wildler’s 1950 film noir is a classic for a reason. The film tells the story of Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter who stumbles upon a seemingly deserted mansion that’s inhabited by a long-forgotten silent film star, Norma Desmond. He is subsequently lured into her world of seclusion, where she harbors delusions of returning to Hollywood glory and he incrementally begins to feel more like a prisoner than a guest. This thing is engrossing from the first frame and features a tremendous performance by Gloria Swanson as a tragic casualty of the film world’s evolution to sound. If you like movies about people who make movies, or you’re simply in the mood for one hell of a story, get to Sunset Boulevard ASAP. – Adam Chitwood

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