All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
"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.
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
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…
A satirical conflict between the two eras of cinema, an observation of the best & worst the film industry has in store for everyone, and a remarkable study of one of the most idiosyncratic movie characters you'll ever see, Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard is a tribute, & at the same time, a criticism of Hollywood film industry and is arguably the finest film of his illustrious filmmaking career.
The film stars Gloria Swanson in a career-defining role of Norma Desmond; a silent queen whose stardom vanished ages ago but remains alive in her delusional mind, and William Holden as Joe Gillis; a struggling writer narrating us the tale of his demise & how it's connected with Norma. Swanson's performance is unforgettable here as…
"that's the saddest thing i ever heard."
Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard opens with the narration of Joe Giddis, a struggling screenwriter lost amidst the dizzying glamour of Hollywood. Giddis' narration guides us through the film, possessing enough genuine sincerity amongst all the satire and irony shown throughout to make the film engaging and heartfelt. One thing is imminently noticeable about our protagonist's words: the cynical undertone which outlines his distaste for contemporary consumerist values.
The shot of Giddis' floating body in the pool in justly famous, and provides the basis for the dramatic irony that plagues the film throughout. Sunset Boulevard is, in effect, a tragedy of the most fundamental type; we know the inexorable fate of Joe Giddis before the story properly begins. Giddis' narration over…
A nice noir film that follows the life of a "innocent" guy who's car beaks down in front of Norma's house. I loved the set design, and for it's time, just is astounding. The film sets and cameras as well as various other equipment pertaining to film brings you back to the times when film was at it's peak. Love the Buster Keaton cameo. The ending all comes together well.
The Definition of Meta.
I think it drags a little bit toward the end and I don't think the romance with the young gal is necessary, Norma is perfectly jealous as is. Otherwise, yeah obviously this is a good flick.
The problem with watching old films is that a lot of their 'greatness' comes from the fact they were groundbreaking at the time, or influential to films later on. But to get the full effect of that, you have to have either lived when the film came out, or have seen enough films that the influence is clear. Is Sunset Boulevard the first meta film? Was it considered as great at the time of release? Why exactly is this regularly considered among the greatest films of all time? I don't have the answer to those questions, but I can tell you that I expected that wouldn't like this film very much, but I really did. It's such a great concept,…
love the parallels between the gothic house and norma desmond. eerie and gothic. I thought this was a very good movie. "I'm ready for my close-up"
Of course Joe Gillis ended up where he ends up. He flew too close to the sun and his wings fell apart. He had ideals when he began his Hollywood journey, as he tells Betty Schaeffer, but grew tired of outrunning the debt collectors and his own unremarkable status. He became desperate for any kind of writing work. He didn't care about film as art or a conveyor of important messages--he just wanted to make the stories that put a dollar in his wallet and his name on the credits screen. He wanted to get himself inside the elite Hollywood circles. And like the criminal in the Twilight Zone episode "A Nice Place to Visit", he does. When Norma Desmond…
ok she scared the living crap out of me ,, reminds me of being younger and being scared of Mommie Dearest... Great movie.. can't believe I never saw this...
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!