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Sunset Boulevard


William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson View All


Billy Wilder (Screenplay), Billy Wilder (Director), Charles Brackett (Screenplay), D.M. Marshman Jr. (Screenplay) View All

Release: Aug. 10th, 1950
Runtime: 1 hour, 50 minutes
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.
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mark f
Brilliant film from Billy Wilder focusing on struggling Hollywood screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) who accidentally falls into the "tarantula arms" of faded silent screen star Norma Desmond (silent screen goddess Gloria Swanson) when he tries to elude the guys who want to repossess his car.
A couple of years ago, The Artist won the hearts of film fans all over the world as a much loved film that covered the transition from silent films to talkies in a fairly hopeful and uplifting manner.
The voice-over from our lead character invokes so many film noir instances that once the dead body shows up I was wondering...wait, what IS this film really about.
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