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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: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
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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Facts about

Set non-holiday all time house record of $166,000 at Radio City Music Hall when it opened.
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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