Movie Plot – Sunset Boulevard: a “film noir” about a screenwriter Joe Gills, who gets involved in a dangerous relationship with a faded old movie star Norma Desmond. She’s obsessed with herself and is trying to make a comeback to the movie screens with the help of Joe.
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim
Sunset Boulevard, a classic Film Noir
The story portrays the ugly side of the movie industry. A troubled screenwriter and a forgotten star are working together for a comeback. Joe isn’t really in for her return as a big movie star but rather for the money. The relationship between them gets slightly weird, and there is some madness around it. You kind of get the feeling of being trapped in a relationship.
The cinematography outstanding and ahead for its time. I understand why Sunset Boulevard is one of the most celebrated classics of all time. It’s not afraid to show a realistic take on Hollywood. It ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. I love it when movies are bold to take such an approach. Not everything goes as planned. Striving for success can be a dangerous thing if not tread lightly!
I know it’s part of the act, but I disliked they way Gloria Swanson (Norma Desmond) played her character. It annoyed the crap out of me, but this isn’t probably her fault. Her showing that weird facial expression was the way she supposed to play the character. I thought it was kinda “over the top.” This was my big downside for this movie and made the film hard to watch. This nitpick of mine doesn’t take away the fact that this is still a good movie.
I watched this movie thanks to the 100 must-see list of Collider movie talk. I will leave the link down below if you’re interested in their list.
Vertigo is another movie I’ve reviewed from this list.