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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Quotes from

Joe Gillis: [narrating] The poor dope - he always wanted a pool. Well, in the end, he got himself a pool.


Norma Desmond: Don't be silly.
[hands Joe a present]
Norma Desmond: Here, I was going to give it to you at midnight.
Joe Gillis: Norma, I can't take it, you've bought me enough.
Norma Desmond: Shut up, I'm rich! I'm richer than all this new Hollywood trash! I've got a million dollars.
Joe Gillis: Keep it.
Norma Desmond: Own three blocks downtown, I've got oil in Bakersfield, pumping, *pumping*, pumping! What's it for but to buy us anything we want!
Joe Gillis: Cut out that "us" business!
Norma Desmond: What's the matter with you?
Joe Gillis: What right do you have to take me for granted?
Norma Desmond: What right? Do you want me to tell you?
Joe Gillis: Has it ever occurred to you that I may have a life of my own? That there may be some girl I'm crazy about?
Norma Desmond: Who? Some car hop, or dress extra?
Joe Gillis: What I'm trying to say is that I'm all wrong for you. You want a Valentino, somebody with polo ponies, a big shot!
Norma Desmond: What you're trying to say is that you don't want me to love you. Say it. Say it!
[slaps him hard across the face]


Joe Gillis: [voice-over] You don't yell at a sleepwalker - he may fall and break his neck. That's it: she was still sleepwalking along the giddy heights of a lost career.


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Facts about

Gloria Swanson played her final descent on the staircase - and into madness - barefoot, as she was terrified of tripping if she'd worn high heels. Since her part required her to gaze at the newsreel cameramen and "fans" (the waiting police) gathered in the foyer below, she couldn't watch where she placed her feet. She burst into tears upon completion of the scene.
The role of Norma Desmond was initially offered to Mae West (who rejected the part), Mary Pickford (who demanded too much project control), and Pola Negri (who, like Mae West, turned it down) before being accepted by Gloria Swanson.
The movie's line "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." was voted as the #6 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007. "We didn't need dialogue. We had faces." was #13. "I am big. It's the pictures that got small." was #91 .
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