Sunset Boulevard ★★★★★

Sunset Boulevard takes my breath away. Timeless. Those last 20 minutes in particular - with Betty, and then that star monologue. “Nobody ever leaves a star. That’s what makes one a star.” Stars bigger than the sun collapse because of their own gravity. That’s Norma. Then that stair descent, as the music plays (I could do a whole essay about the music my god) and Joe says that line “The dream that she clung to so desperately had enfolded her”, that’s the film summed up - it’s a film about dreamers. Joe and Betty and Norma and Max all dream of being better. Norma and Max want past glory and Betty wants future glory. Joe just wants anything he can get to make himself feel better because his self-loathing is so evident. That’s why he puts up with Norma for so long - because she makes him feel good. Cinema is the art form of dreamers like Norma, and of course “all of those wonderful people out there in the dark”.

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