Sunset Boulevard (1950) was a Drama - Film Noir Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Charles Brackett.
Wilder's acid-etched portrait of Hollywood must be placed at the top of any classic-movie fan's required-viewing list. From the macabre opening scene, which establishes the film's narrator as a dead man, through Swanson's final, sweeping exit, there is not a frame or line out of place. B-movie screenwriter Holden floats facedown in a pool as he begins the story of his demise. Ditching his about-to-be-repossessed car in a Hollywood mansion's driveway, Holden wanders the premises until he's mistaken for the undertaker meant to preside at a funeral for aging silent-film queen Swanson's pet monkey. When she discovers that Holden is instead a screenwriter, Swanson envelops him in a web of gifts, flattery, money, and curiosity that makes Holden the monkey's stand-in. Holden continues to feed Swanson's delusions, aided by her faithful butler-former director-former husband von Stroheim, until he can't find a way out - even when studio script reader Olson offers him her heart and help with a screenplay. Out of many resonant moments, the highlights include the weekly card game with silent-era stars Keaton, Anna O. Nilsson, and H. B. Warner; Swanson's viewings of her own performance in Queen Kelly, a disastrous silent picture actually directed by von Stroheim; and Swanson's slow march down the grand staircase, fully lost in her past, as her eloquent face portrays all the elation and fear that lead to the film's last line, "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up now."
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
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
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 BoulevardBy 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 BoyfriendBy 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
See all Sunset Boulevard articles
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.
Joe Gillis: Yes, this is Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California. It's about 5 0'clock in the morning. That's the homicide squad, complete with detectives and newspaper men.
read more quotes from Sunset Boulevard...
In 1998, the American Film Institute selected this as the 12th greatest film of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time.
Set non-holiday all time house record of $166,000 at Radio City Music Hall when it opened.
read more facts about Sunset Boulevard...