Sunset Boulevard Overview:

Sunset Boulevard (1950) was a Drama - Film Noir Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Charles Brackett.

Sunset Boulevard was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1989.

Academy Awards 1950 --- Ceremony Number 23 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorWilliam HoldenNominated
Best Supporting ActorErich von StroheimNominated
Best ActressGloria SwansonNominated
Best Supporting ActressNancy OlsonNominated
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Hans Dreier, John Meehan; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Ray MoyerWon
Best CinematographyJohn F. SeitzNominated
Best DirectorBilly WilderNominated
Best Film EditingArthur Schmidt, Doane HarrisonNominated
Best Music - ScoringFranz WaxmanWon
Best PictureParamountNominated
Best WritingCharles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D. M. Marshman, Jr.Won
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Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 15, 2018 From The Stop Button

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 full article


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

By Aurora Bugallo on Apr 6, 2018 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

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 full article


1001 Classic Movies: Sunset Boulevard

By Amanda Garrett on Jan 16, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

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). Jan... Read full article


Sunset Boulevard: But What about the Monkey?

By FlickChick on Sep 9, 2016 From A Person in the Dark

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 full article


William Holden in Sunset Boulevard: The Perfect Old Hollywood Boyfriend

By Amanda Garrett on Jun 14, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

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 full article


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Joe Gillis: [voice-over] 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.


Joe Gillis: [narrating] Come think of it, the whole place seemed to have been stricken with the kind of creeping paralysis... out of beat with the rest of the world... crumbling apart in slow motion. There was a tennis court... or rather the ghost of a tennis court... with faded markings and a sagging net... And of course she had a pool. Who didn't then? Mabel Norman and John Gilbert must swum in it ten thousand midnights ago... It was empty now. Or was it?
[cut to close-up of rats]


Joe Gillis: [narrating] How could she breathe in that house full of Norma Desmonds? Around every corner, Norma Desmonds... more Norma Desmonds... and still more Norma Desmonds.


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Facts about

Upon seeing the film at a star-studded preview screening at Paramount, MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer screamed at director Billy Wilder that he should be tarred, feathered and horse-whipped for bringing his profession into such disrepute. Wilder's response was a terse, "Fuck you" (Mayer would find himself ousted from his position within the year by the new regime at MGM, headed by Dore Schary).
Other actresses considered for Norma Desmond were Mae Murray and Mary Pickford. In fact, Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett even went to Pickfair to pitch the story to Pickford, but her horrified reaction as the story progressed made them stop halfway through and apologize to her.
The directions made by the Paramount guard for Norma and Joe to go meet Cecil B. DeMille on "Stage 18" is accurate: this stage, one of the largest on the Paramount lot, was known for years as "The DeMille Stage," and now is called "The Star Trek Stage", as all the "Trek" movies and some scenes from the TV shows have shot there (the TV series, from Star Trek: The Next Generation onward had their main sets right across the studio street on Stages 8 and 9, which are right below the second-floor office occupied by Betty Schaefer in Sunset Blvd.. Those offices later became the home of the "Star Trek" art department.)
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