Sunset Boulevard ★★★★

Scavenger Hunt 58 - January 2020 #17 out of 31
16. Watch a movie where Edith Head was the costume designer.

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"The whole place seemed to have been stricken with a kind of creeping paralysis - out of beat with the rest of the world, crumbling apart in slow motion."

To exactly no one's surprise, Sunset Blvd. is as incisively relevant today as it was eye-opening in the 50s. The script is filled to the brim with clever quips and observations and the lead performances are immediately memorable, none more so than Gloria Swanson's. Her method performance is as crystallized a testament to Old Hollywood as it is unhinged (and she really goes for it). This one's destined to live on forever. It's as if Norma Desmond's fractured mind was right all along.

P.S. The trivia factoids presented by Amazon while this played were as entertaining as the film itself. What a fascinating production.

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