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
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
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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
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Norma Desmond: I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small.
[Norma threatens suicide again]
Joe Gillis: Oh, wake up, Norma, you'd be killing yourself to an empty house. The audience left twenty years ago.
Joe Gillis: [narrating] The poor dope - he always wanted a pool. Well, in the end, he got himself a pool.
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Highly unusual at the time, Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder had Joe Gillis narrate, from beyond the grave, the sad tale of the final months of his life, while the film simultaneously depicts the still-living Gillis experiencing those events unaware of the fate his dead self already knows. This parallel narrative - two perspectives from the same character, one omniscient, the other blissfully ignorant - that converge at the moment of Joe's death, are a major reason the film retains such dramatic and emotional power.
Joe Gillis mentions that the painting of wild horses that covers the projection screen in Norma Desmond's mansion was given to her by "some Nevada Chamber of Commerce." This is a nod to retired silent movie star Clara Bow, whose husband Rex Bell, a former star of Western B-movies, was the current president of the Nevada Chamber of Commerce. (Bell was later elected Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.)
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