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"I'm ready for my close-up!"
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity.
"I am big! It's the pictures that got small!"
Masterfully snappy dialogue like only Billy Wilder and the golden age of 40's and 50's film-noir can deliver. A comeback performance from Gloria Swanson to redefine the very notion of a comeback (I still can't get over how expressive her face is). Incisive commentary on the process of filmmaking which extends to the real lives of its cast and crew (Gloria Swanson returning to film as Norma Desmond returning to film; Erich von Stroheim, the director of Gloria Swanson's early films, as Max von Mayerling, the director of Norma Desmond's early films). Prescient awareness of the critical lack of genuinely new stories two decades before anyone would use the term "postmodern" to describe literature. A truly one of a kind film.
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #18
The first time I became aware of the character Norma Desmond was from comedic skits on the Carol Burnett Show! See link below to reminisce right along with me..
If I hadn't joined David Toppers Noir-November movie challenge I may never had the opportunity to see one of the greatest Billy Wilder films out there! It is everything I could have ever hoped for from Film Noir film and so much more! Seriously it's all that and a bag of chips!
Gloria Swanson didn't simply bring a character alive on the big screen, she literally transformed into this bigger than life persona that is Norma Desmond! It was an extraordinary privilege to witness Gloria Swanson…
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What a difference several years makes after having last seen a film!
As a younger still growing lover of film, when I first watched this, I merely watched it from a superficial standpoint. I enjoyed the "behind the scenes" aspect of the film, as well as the deteriorating mental state of Swanson's Norma Desmond.
But many years later, I am able to understand who Max was played by and why it was significant, as well as the many cameos (Shit, Buster Keaton!) and references.
Then there's Wilder's direction, which comes to employ silent film technique more and more as the film goes on and Norma Desmond's mental state begins to collapse, which serves as a contrast to how much more grounded William Holden's subplot is.
This is why revisiting films is important.
No one ever leaves a star. That's what makes one a star.
I've seen many films with the same premise as Sunset Boulevard: an aging film star down on his or her luck tries to come to terms with the loss of their youth and fame. And yet, I believe that there has never been a more biting, contemptuous, yet loving portrayal of one such star with leftover delusions of grandeur.
Norma Desmond is a silent movie star who hasn't acted in a film for twenty years. One day Joe Gillis, a writer down on his luck, arrives at her doorstep and allows himself to be drawn into the web that Norma weaves around him. Nothing bodes well for either…
Once in a while you come across a performance in a film that not only dominates that film, but overwhelms it to the point where you wonder if they had done an edit of the finished product that only included said performance if the film would actually have been better.
Sunset Boulevard could easily have been such a picture. The magnitude of the performance of Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond can be measured in the fact that in so many ways this is not only an incredible film, but also a daring and unusual film for its time. Yet her performance as the faded Hollywood icon, left desperately clinging on to her glory days coupled with forlorn hopes for a…
Performances : 8.4/10
Story : 9.4/10
Production : 8.1
Overall : 8.63/10
Wow. I bought this on blu-ray even though I had only seen it once before and I didn't remember being overly impressed. Maybe I slept through parts of it because I don't know what I was thinking. Sunset Boulevard tells an amazing story of fame and it's effects while also beating living shit out of Hollywood with a bat. It's the definition of art imitating life, with Noma Desmond played by former silent era star Gloria Swanson. Herself not having had more than one role in almost twenty years before this film was made. Her butler/former director Max Von Mayerling (awesome name) played by Eric von Stroheim (even…
“All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up”
A poignant characterization of the futility of fame and glamour, Sunset Boulevard still retains its significance. Billy Wilder’s Masterpiece is a brave attempt to portray the inside horrors of Hollywood is a well-made one in every aspect of moviemaking. With a story that withstands the changes, a well-knitted script, Sunset Boulevard is backed up with strong performances from Gloria Sanson and William Holden.
Norma Desmond used to be the scarlet of Hollywood, where there were no talkies. She was one of those unfortunate beings who have decided against going on with a talkie career and now she wants to make a comeback. That’s where the down-in…
Billy Wilder is a master. His ability to write smart, witty dialogue and progress the story or develop the characters is second to none. While I think The Apartment and Double Indemnity are superior films, this is still brilliant. The way Wilder uses the character Norma Desmond (portrayed by Gloria Swanson) to capture the fall many silent film stars suffered in the sound era, however, it's not just resigned to her character. Her butler Max von Mayerling (Erich von Stroheim) was a successful silent film director that "discovered" Norma and later married was now reduced to being her butler. The character of Max draws parallels with Erich von Stroheim's real life when he had a quite successful career as not only a writer and director but also an actor, in the sound era he only managed to write and direct two films and often found roles where he parodied himself or played Nazis.
"Alright Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close up"
After watching All About Eve I have always been interested in the 1950 Dramedy classic Sunset Boulevard which ironically came out the same year as All About Eve and lost in the best picture category to All About Eve.
But I was most interested because like All About Eve tells the best story about broadway rivals I heard this does that but with movies and overall after watching it besides a few problems (that are mostly nitpicks) Sunset Boulevard is a highly entertaining movie that perfectly represents the idea of film.
The acting in this movie is really good William Holden does a great job as the determined screenwriter that is…
That look of catatonic vanity is gonna linger in my mind for quite some time. Holy shit.
CREPÚSCULO DOS DEUSES é um filme único. Metalinguístico através de um roteiro refinadíssimo e de um casting brilhante. Colocar Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim e Cecil B. DeMille para proferir aquele texto já é algo digno de todos os prêmios.
engrossing characters and brisk pacing make this an extremely enjoyable watch, suffers from superfluous narration times but whatevs
I had the worst possible introduction to Billy Wilder watching the acclaimed Some Like It Hot. Didn't like the jokes and thought it was pretty sexist even for the exorbitant problematic patterns from the Old Hollywood. It's 4AM and it has passed 3 hours since I watched this masterpiece and I can't stop thinking about it. The movie satirizes the hollywoodian russian-roulette and it shows viscerally the obsession of a woman who has become mad for the stardom. Norma Desmond was a big star of the mute cinema industry and had, for years, all the glory and success that it can provide.
Today, Norma was forgotten and sees in Joe, a screenwriter who has just accidentally stopped at her mansion,…
I get the feeling reading a lot of analysis on Sunset Boulevard that it is a grower not a shower.
I'm full of appreciation for it. Wilder, who was a masterful director, blending of humour and drama was truly exceptional. That is very true here with his look at the affect Hollywood has on individuals and their psyches. Without you even realising it the film is weaving an ensemble of different stories and perspectives of the industry and filling you with a wide variety of different things to ponder.
By the end I looked at it and gasped 'wow', whilst my brain is still trying to work out which perspective is most significant, which…
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