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Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 15, 2018

The third act of Sunset Boulevard just gets darker and darker. The film digs down into one level, then finds another, then another, then maybe even another. Director Wilder and co-writers Charles Brackett and D.M. Marshman Jr. find a way to fully condemn the film’s setting–Hollywood, with Paramount read more

Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Sunset Boulevard” (Giveaway runs through April 28)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Aurora Bugallo on Apr 6, 2018

Win tickets to see “Sunset Boulevard” on the big screen! In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sun May 13 and Wed May 16! “They took the idols and smashed them, the Fairbankses, the Gilberts, the Valentinos! And who’ve we got now? Some nobodies!” CMH continues into our 3rd year read more

1001 Classic Movies: Sunset Boulevard

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on Jan 16, 2017

Sunset Boulevard (1950), starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, and Erich von Stroheim, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here) read more

Sunset Boulevard: But What about the Monkey?

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Sep 9, 2016

No, I don't think he committed suicide..... I can’t help it. I want to know more about Norma Desmond’s monkey. Monkey, we hardly knew you..... Oh sure, we know he’s dead, and that he serves as the plot device to get Joe Gillis into Norma’s cage, but, really, who was he? read more

William Holden in Sunset Boulevard: The Perfect Old Hollywood Boyfriend

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on Jun 14, 2016

Today, I'm making a list of reasons why William Holden in Sunset Boulevard (1950) is the perfect old Hollywood boyfriend. This article is part of the Reel Infatuation Blogathon hosted by Font & Frock and Silver Screenings. On paper, the character of Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (1950) i read more

The CMBA Spring Blogathon: The Writers of Sunset Boulevard

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Apr 12, 2016

“We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces.” An interesting quote in a film that’s chock-full of writers, am I right? Sunset Boulevard (1950) tells the tale of Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), faded silent film star who lives in a world built on the shaky foundation of yesterday’s fame. By sheer read more

SUNSET BOULEVARD ( 1950 )

CineMaven's Essays from the Couch Posted by Theresa Brown on Feb 26, 2016

  My sister and I faithfully watched the Oscars together since the 60’s. The first time I experienced the Academy snubbing a performer I thought should have won an Oscar was, Jack Nicholson losing for “Five Easy Pieces” back in 1971 and we screamed and jumped up and down and fussed in front read more

Beyond Sunset Boulevard: The Hollywood Noirs of the 1950s

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on Jun 26, 2015

Today, I'm looking at four films from the early 1950s that changed perceptions of the Hollywood studio system. One of the films is Sunset Boulevard (1950), starring Gloria Swanson (above) as delusional silent film star Norma Desmond. This article is part of the Classic Movie History Project Bloga read more

The Billy Wilder Blogathon — The Couples of Sunset Boulevard

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Jun 21, 2015

“I AM big. It’s the pictures that got small.” Sunset Boulevard (1950), which focuses on aging silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), is fairly jam-packed with fascinating couples. There’s Norma and the young, down-on-his-luck writer, Joe Gillis (William Holden), who stumbles into her read more

National Classic Movie Day: Can't Get Enough of "Sunset Boulevard"

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on May 15, 2015

This post is part of the My Favorite Classic Movie Blogathon hosted by Rick at the Classic Film and TC Cafe in celebration of National Classic Movie Day (May 16th). Click here to view the schedule listing all the great posts in this blogathon.  When Rick aske read more

The Isotta-Fraschini in Sunset Boulevard

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on Jan 11, 2015

Silent film star Norma Desmond's magnificent luxury car, the Isotta-Fraschini, plays a pivotal role in Sunset Boulevard (1950).  We'll take a look at Norma's car and the Italian company that manufactured it. Cars are more than just transportation in Billy Wilder's film: They are importan read more

Movie of the Month: Sunset Boulevard

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on Jan 6, 2015

Our movie of the month for January is Billy Wilder's dark Hollywood satire, Sunset Boulevard (1950) starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich von Stroheim. We'll be looking at all aspects of the film throughout January. Today, we're focusing on the film's journey to the silver screen. Sunse read more

Sunset Boulevard

Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest Posted by Joey on Jan 1, 2015

Sunset Boulevard review https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest Sunset Boulevard is a must see for anyone interested in film at any level. you will always hear many call a film a classic but no film in history of film is most notable for being something truly landmark as billy wilder&# read more

Sunset Boulevard

Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest Posted by Joey on Jan 1, 2015

        Sunset Boulevard review https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest   Sunset Boulevard is a must see for anyone interested in film at any level. you will always hear many call a film a classic but no film in history of film is most notable for being somethi read more

Cinema Style--Edith Head Gets Gloria Swanson Ready for her Close-Up in SUNSET BOULEVARD

GlamAmor Posted by on Sep 8, 2014

Few films capture the feel of Hollywood better than director Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard (1950). Though much of the movie feels almost dreamlike (starting with voiceover narration that comes courtesy of a dead man), in many ways it couldn't be more real.  Wilder wove fact in with ficti read more

Sunset Boulevard (1950) – Updated

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 7, 2014

“Yes, this is Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. It’s about five o’clock in the morning. That’s the Homicide Squad – complete with detectives and newspapermen. A murder has been reported from one of those great big houses in the ten thousand block. You’ll read more

Review: Sunset Boulevard (1950)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 7, 2014

“Yes, this is Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. It’s about five o’clock in the morning. That’s the Homicide Squad – complete with detectives and newspapermen. A murder has been reported from one of those great big houses in the ten thousand block. You’ll read more

Review: Sunset Boulevard (1950)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 7, 2014

“Yes, this is Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California. It’s about five o’clock in the morning. That’s the Homicide Squad – complete with detectives and newspapermen. A murder has been reported from one of those great big houses in the ten thousand block. You’ll read more

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) - COUGAR TOWN!

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on May 22, 2014

This is my contribution to the CMBA Fabulous 50s blogathon and also serves as an entry into my 2014 series, Hooray for Hollywood. Joe Gillis makes a fateful turn Billy Wilder, that old softy, he's like a cynical hard-as- nails brass ring on the outside and all sentimental and gooey on the in read more

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Pretty Clever Films Posted by Laura Grande on Jan 14, 2014

When Billy Wilder unleashed his satirical masterpiece Sunset Blvd. on an unsuspecting audience in 1950 he was still coming off a career high with two Oscar wins for The Lost Weekend (1945), his tale of a chronic alcoholic. This time around, however, the Polish auteur dared to delve into the dark s read more
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