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.