Sunset Blvd

Sunset Blvd

DVD - 2002
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Pursued by creditors, Joe swerves into a driveway of a seemingly abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion. He finds Norma, an ex-screen queen dreaming of a dramatic comeback and her husband/servant living there. She takes a fancy to Joe and, learning that he is a scriptwriter, persuades him to help her with her comeback screenplay. Being broke he accepts. He falls in love with a young script reader, but Norma breaks up their romance. Thinking she is mad, he tries to leave, but Norma kills him in a scene which she believes is the highlight of her comeback movie.

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LPL_IlkaI Feb 27, 2021

Sunset Boulevard is the perfect film, quite possibly. The masterful visual stylings of director Billy Wilder are on full display here and still holds up against the contemporaries of today. The lavish sets and luxurious costumes only enhance the superb acting skills of its leads. Gloria Swanson takes you on a wild ride in her portrayal of Norma Desmond, a former silent film star, ranging from the vanity of bygone fame and into a slow descent of madness. Her performance is truly unsurpassable! My heart was touched by Joe Gillis' humble existence and the connection he had with script writer, Betty Schaefer. This is a film not to be missed!

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TheGrayMouser
Dec 17, 2020

Would you lose your life over a used car? To save his car from repo men, the narrator makes a quick decision and seals his doom. This isn't a spoiler: we see his ultimate fate in the first moments of the film.

This film noir masterpiece tells so much about Hollywood: the addiction to fame, the many people scratching out a living at the bottom of the food chain as writers, editors, grips, etc., and what the system can do to people. Gloria Swanson is unforgettable as once-great film star Norma Desmond, and William Holden holds his own as starving writer Joe Gillis. After legendary director Billy Wilder's death, Sunset Boulevard was held up as one of his greatest films.

Highly recommended! This is an absolute must-see for any film noir fan.

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booksck
Mar 26, 2020

Twilight Zone did a similar episode about an aging actress that wanted to regain her fame and love from her fans. I'm not sure if the Twilight Zone episode was inspired by this film? Anyway, it's very soap opera, drama, noir type feel when you watch it. It's a captivating film, that has karma written all over it.

⚰️ A great movie, by Billy Wilder, a man so snobbish he wouldn't acknowledge his big brother, William Lee Wilder, because he made B-pictures for Poverty Row studios. It's the only movie I know of that's told in flashback by a character who is visibly dead, also the only movie with a funeral for a chimp. It's interesting to note that the horror comics of the day, like "Tales From the Crypt," frequently had stories that were told by a character who was already dead. That and the grotesque chimp funeral, put this squarely in the category of horror movies for me. If that seems farfetched, look at the expression of sheer horror on William Holden's face as Gloria Swanson leads him upstairs to the bedroom and who knows what hideous unspeakable rites, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
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Gloria Swanson, who stood 4'11", was famously the mistress of JFK's father, the cad, bully, blackguard and bounder Joe Kennedy, who began their relationship by raping her.

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pantzd
Jan 09, 2020

Amazing movie. It covers so many artistic styles that I can see why it is a classic...

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PearlyKayAm1
Aug 23, 2019

This movie is still great and watching all the special features on Disc 2 was well worth the time. With the voice-over narration providing extra insight into the main character's mind, this was a gripping movie that felt much faster than it's 1'50" running time. There were no boring parts in this movie. The only part of the film that I found distracting was the focus on an actress in her 50s being over-the-hill when I'm used to current day amazing actresses in their 60s and 70s and 80s still being so vibrant and popular.

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wabarbee
Jul 26, 2019

Great movie. The most quoted line from this movie and considered the best is "Mr. DeMille I'm ready for my close up". In the context of this movie great line. However, in my opinion, the best line and the one that truly epitomizes one of the core themes of this film is "I am big, it's the pictures that got small."

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007Gatsby
Jun 08, 2019

This movie has, by far, one of the most disturbing endings ever.

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ManMachine
Sep 19, 2016

For Hollywood (in its heyday) - The 1950's certainly began quite ominously with Billy Wilder's straight-faced freak-show known otherwise as "Sunset Boulevard". Without a doubt - This picture is, indeed, an oddity in itself, being a story-of-the-grotesque that is told by, none other than, a corpse.

Yes. Perhaps the most revealing movie that Hollywood ever made about its own decline - "Sunset Boulevard" was, very much, all about the movie industry's rise to great power, its fabricated imagery, as well as its total worship of youth and its own dark past.

And, of course - Irony of ironies - Only director Billy Wilder could imagine Tinseltown as a place where the dead go on speaking - Talking about their lives as if nothing had changed.

(*Be sure to watch movie video-clip*)

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RobSW
Aug 16, 2016

I watched this because I read it was one of David Lynch's favorite movies - and, indeed, a couple of references in Lynch's Mulholland Drive pay homage to characters from this movie, if only in name.
It's also nice to see a good Noir film that doesn't involve gangsters.
I agree with all the positive things that have been said about this film.

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

Joe Gillis: "Wait a minute! Haven't I seen you before? I know your face." Norma Desmond: "Get out! Or shall I call my servant?" Joe Gillis: "You're Norma Desmond! You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big!" Norma Desmond: "I AM big. It's the PICTURES that got small."

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

Norma Desmond (watching herself in her real silent film, "Queen Kelly" with Joe Gillis, actually directed by (the butler) Erich von Stroheim): "Still wonderful, isn't it? And NO dialogue... We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!!"

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

Joe Gillis (voiceover, of Norma): "...Poor devil. Still waving proudly to a parade which had long since passed her by..."

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

Joe Gillis (to Norma): "...There's nothing tragic about being fifty. Not unless you're trying to be twenty-five."

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

Norma Desmond (to newsreel camera): "...All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

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Janice21383
Aug 09, 2011

"We had FACESSSSSS!"

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ANTHONY RAMIREZ
Nov 20, 2010

"I am big...It's the pictures that got small"

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May 11, 2019

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