Sunset Boulevard ★★★★½

Gruesome, painfully-real journey into what happens to a human refusing to admit their 15 minutes of fame ended decades earlier.

William Holden is a broke screenwriter who chance-encounters a wealthy, formerly-legendary actress from the silent movie era.

Gloria Swanson's epic: desperately lonely, partially suicidal, and lost in her former renown denying any of it has faded in the slightest.

He stays with her out of guilt and slowly trades in his soul. She smothers him, destroying all that he loves. It's a tragic, dismal watch.

Masterfully capturing the dark side of Hollywood acclaim, it truly shows the toll of fame on the famous and those meeting them.

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