Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Film-Noir


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A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.


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  • Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd. (1950)
  • "Sunset Boulevard" Dir. Billy Wilder, William Holden 1950 Paramount / MPTV
  • Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd. (1950)
  • "Sunset Boulevard" Cecil B.DeMille and Gloria Swanson behind the scenes 1950 Paramount
  • "Sunset Boulevard" Gloria Swanson and Dir. Billy Wilder 1950 Paramount / MPTV
  • "Sunset Boulevard" William Holden 1950 Paramount

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23 December 2005 | ccthemovieman-1
8
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On my first viewing, I wasn't particularly impressed with this movie but I liked it a lot more on the second and by the third - when it's magnificently transferred on DVD - I was fan, too. This is a good visual film, particularly when it shows the inside of this incredible mansion where a lot of the scenes take place.

To those who have never seen it, you are warned that it is not an easy film to view, it being a portrait of a pathetic has-been silent movie star who still thinks she can come back after a long hiatus and be a star again.

Gloria Swanson, who plays the role, overacts and certainly is not appealing, even bordering on grotesque at times, but she isn't supposed to look good. That's one of the points of the story. Anyway, a young William Holden, in his first starring role, is okay and also provides the narration.

The most interesting figure in the film to me was the ex-husband-now butler, played by Eric von Stroheim. He's amazing in this film. In supporting roles, I also enjoyed the wholesome Nancy Olsen and the young Jack Webb of "Dragnet" fame.

This combination of drama-soap opera-film noir is one of the professional critics all-time favorite films. Odd how they love movies and Hollywood stars so much, yet relish films that tear them down, as this does.

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