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Sunset Boulevard (movie)

18 Ratings: 4.6
A 1950 movie

Billy Wilder's noir-comic classic about death and decay in Hollywood remains as pungent as ever in its power to provoke shock, laughter, and gasps of astonishment. Joe Gillis (William Holden), a broke and cynical young screenwriter, is attempting … see full wiki

Director: Billy Wilder
Genre: Classics
Release Date: 1950
8 reviews about Sunset Boulevard (movie)
review by . April 17, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Sunset Boulevard is set in Hollywood during the 50s. Joe Gillis (William Holden) is a screenwriter, not one that is very well known, and is loaded with debts. He plans to return to his hometown and get away from his life, but while driving one day he meets up with people he did not want to see. Joe tries to escape and gets a flat tire, then parking in a seemingly empty garage. Little did he know that it belonged to the once acclaimed actress of silent films, Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). Norma's …
review by . June 12, 2010
Bilyl Wilder's brilliant vision of Hollywood's dark side......
Billy Wilder was a genius when it came to creating a story, he never leaves a stone unturned or a single character with out his or her own voice. Wilder   for years has been giving  moviegoers and film lovers  movies that not only live up to  there status but also there name, he has created some of the most memorable characters  such as Sgt. Sefton(Stalag 17), Norma Desmond(Sunset Boulevard), C.C "Bud" Baxter(The Apartment) and many more. Wilder was not just …
Quick Tip by . August 23, 2010
Oh, this is one of my top 20 all time favorite movies!!! William Holden, Gloria Swanson are superb actors as well as writer/director/actor Erich Von Stroheim. I have a personal connection to this movie in that Holden's character dies on my birthday December 21st!!! It is a great dramatic piece that shows the trials and tribulations of how some of Hollywood's great silent screen stars were unsuccessful at transitioning to "talkies."
review by . January 22, 2007
"I AM big! It's the PICTURES that got small!"    So we have one of the best, most remembered lines from Billy Wilder's best film, the other well known line being "Alright, Mr de Mile. I'm ready for my closeup!"    I saw this film for the first time yesterday. It was everything I'd hoped for and then some. Though it was made in 1950 it, like all classics, most notably Wilder's "Some Like it Hot", still resonates today.    The plot to this …
review by . December 29, 2005
There were a few things which drew me to "Sunset Blvd.". For one thing, it's one of David Lynch's favorite films, and he is my favorite director. Second, it has a five-star rating on Amazon. Not even "Casablanca" has a five-star rating! And thirdly, it sounded like an interesting film.    "Sunset Blvd." forever shattered the general public's idea of what the movie business was really like. William Holden is great as Joe Gillis, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who's in debt and …
review by . May 08, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
SUNSET BOULEVARD is Billy Wilder at his scintillating-best. Gloria Swanson turns in the performance of her career as Norma Desmond, the faded silent movie star looking to make her comeback, and William Holden is the jaded Joe Gillis, the desperate writer who gets drawn into Desmond's own singular world.    The movie works on so many levels: black comedy, romance, melodrama. It is the ultimate Hollywood expose and no wonder it caused such a furore when it was originally released …
review by . July 15, 2003
Boldly, director Wilder begins this film with a shot of a man floating in a swimming pool. Who is he? What's his story? We learn from a voiceover that the dead man is Joe Gillis (played by William Holden) who provides the voiceover and eventually explains what happened. The focus of this film is on Joe's relationship with Norma Desmond, long ago one of Hollywood's greatest stars. (Comparable with Gloria Swanson, for example.) Billy Wilder suggests that she (played by Swanson) is concluding a personal …
review by . April 09, 2002
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Now this is acting, old but acting     Cons: none     The Bottom Line: A real look at how 'old' Hollywood worked.        I have a wonderful CD by Streisand, Back to Broadway, that contains several songs from the play Sunset Boulevard. I have always been so enchanted by these songs that I swore one day I would see the movie, not realizing it in no way reflected the same as the play. But I did, and here it is, Sunset Boulevard   …
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