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)
|Best Actor||William Holden||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Erich von Stroheim||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Gloria Swanson||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Nancy Olson||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Hans Dreier, John Meehan; Set Decoration: Sam Comer, Ray Moyer||Won|
|Best Cinematography||John F. Seitz||Nominated|
|Best Director||Billy Wilder||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||Arthur Schmidt, Doane Harrison||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Franz Waxman||Won|
|Best Writing||Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D. M. Marshman, Jr.||Won|
Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)By Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 15, 2018 From The Stop Button
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Norma Desmond: I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small.
Joe Gillis: May I say that you smell really special?
Betty Schaefer: It must be my new shampoo.
Joe Gillis: That's no shampoo. It's more like freshly-laundered linen handkerchiefs, like a brand new automobile.
Joe Gillis (as narrator): You don't yell at a sleepwalker. He may fall and break his neck.
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In the penultimate scene, as Max tells Norma that "the cameras have arrived," the high strings in composer Franz Waxman's Oscar-winning score quote a chord from Richard Strauss's "The Dance of the Seven Veils" (from his opera "Salome", a reference to the now-mad Norma's final possession by the woman Salome with which she'd been so obsessed). The same musical quote from "Salome" is used again as she descends the stairs, where Waxman segues into his own original musical statement of "The Dance of the Seven Veils".
Billy Wilder originally wanted another silent star, Pola Negri, to take the part of Norma Desmond. Upon telephoning her, however, Wilder found that Negri's Polish accent, which had killed her career, was still too thick for such a dialog-heavy film.
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