Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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A screenwriter is hired to rework a faded silent film star's script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.

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  • "Sunset Boulevard" Gloria Swanson and Billy Wilder 1950 Paramount / MPTV
  • "Sunset Boulevard" Cecil B.DeMille and Gloria Swanson behind the scenes 1950 Paramount
  • Nancy Olson in Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  • "Sunset Boulevard" William Holden 1950 Paramount
  • "Sunset Boulevard" Eric Von Stroheim and William Holden 1950 Paramount
  • "Sunset Boulevard" Gloria Swanson on the set 1950 Paramount

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2 July 2004 | belikemichaeldotcom
10
| They Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore
This is such a great film on so many levels I can't really settle on where to begin. It is so beautifully shot (in that stark black/white that only nitrate negative could achieve), has a witty, clever and extremely well-written script, features some of the best acting in film's history, acrobatically balances the main plot/subplots with expert precision, contains some of the best characters on celluloid, has many true-to-life parallels (Swanson's career/real life cameos/DeMille's involvement/etc) and is peppered with such great dialogue/narration that today's film writers should take note. If that weren't enough, there's even a cameo by silent film great Buster Keaton (among others).

One of the most appealing aspects of this film is how, in the story, an aging, forgotten star is trying to recapture a bygone era (the silent film era). What's interesting is that now, so many years later, we're looking back at her looking back. To present day viewers, Gloria Swanson of the 1950's is a long forgotten lost gem and to experience her own longing for the 1920's is especially captivating (and a little chilling, I might add). I don't think this film could have had that same effect when it debuted and maybe this added dimension holds so much more appeal for today's audiences. We all know that nothing lasts forever, but we don't often consider the abandoned participants; much like the veterans of a past war.

In response to the famous Swanson line (while watching one of her silent films): "...we didn't need dialogue; we had faces", I'd like to also add that they "didn't need movies; they had films."

They truly don't make them like this anymore. 10/10

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