Sunset Boulevard ★★★★½

scavenger hunt 52

task 1: a film with a primarily red poster.

An all-time classic. A moody, dread-filled, Hollywood evocation by Billy Wilder. One of the best insider looks at the great beast that is Hollywood. Sunset Boulevard stands for not just the street but also Norma Desmond's (and Gloria Swanson's) sunset years.

The opening and closing scenes of the movie are absolutely mesmerizing. Franz Waxman's score is gold. The narration and most of the dialogue is a treat.

"Sunset Boulevard" is a pure pleasure to watch, one of the best film noirs, and it has a Buster Keaton cameo. So there's that.

Like the tag line says, this is a Hollywood Story. But isn’t a Hollywood Love Story. It’s a Hollywood Horror Story

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