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

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20 August 1999 | yenlo
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| Hollywoods best about Hollywoods worst.
Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich von Stroheim star in this Billy Wilder cinematic masterpiece about an aging essentially forgotten silent film star who has delusions about returning to pictures. Made in 1950 this film will capture the viewer each time it is seen. The references to the bygone silent movie era are somehow chilling. Much like when a person walks around ancient Rome or Egypt wondering how something so powerful and advanced could come to an end. Both Swanson and Stroheim were of course giants during the silent film years and their performances is this great movie even seem to show their perhaps real life animosity toward talking films.

Holden as Joe Gillis a rapidly becoming down on his like screen writer who stumbles into Swansons world is fantastic. This is certainly one motion picture that could never and should never be remade or colorized, as the Black and White photography is brilliant. It didn't make AFI's top five of all time and perhaps should have. You can't consider yourself as one of "All those wonderful people out there in the dark" if you've never seen Sunset Blvd.

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