Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

DVD - 2002 | Special collector's ed
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Pursued by creditors, Joe swerves into a driveway of a seemingly abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion. He finds Norma, an ex-screen queen dreaming of a dramatic comeback and her husband/servant living there. She takes a fancy to Joe and, learning that he is a scriptwriter, persuades him to help her with her comeback screenplay. Being broke he accepts. He falls in love with a young script reader, but Norma breaks up their romance. Thinking she is mad, he tries to leave, but Norma kills him in a scene which she believes is the highlight of her comeback movie.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, 2002
Edition: Special collector's ed
ISBN: 9780792172871
0792172876
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Sun
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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booksck
Mar 26, 2020

Twilight Zone did a similar episode about an aging actress that wanted to regain her fame and love from her fans. I'm not sure if the Twilight Zone episode was inspired by this film? Anyway, it's very soap opera, drama, noir type feel when you watch it. It's a captivating film, that has karma written all over it.

🎞 A great movie, by Billy Wilder, a man so snobbish he wouldn't acknowledge his big brother, William Lee Wilder, because he made B-pictures for Poverty Row studios. It's the only movie I know of that's told in flashback by a character who is visibly dead, also the only movie with a funeral for a chimp. Gloria Swanson, who stood 4'11", was famously the mistress of JFK's father, the cad, bully, blackguard and bounder Joe Kennedy, who began their relationship by raping her.

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pantzd
Jan 09, 2020

Amazing movie. It covers so many artistic styles that I can see why it is a classic...

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PearlyKayAm1
Aug 23, 2019

This movie is still great and watching all the special features on Disc 2 was well worth the time. With the voice-over narration providing extra insight into the main character's mind, this was a gripping movie that felt much faster than it's 1'50" running time. There were no boring parts in this movie. The only part of the film that I found distracting was the focus on an actress in her 50s being over-the-hill when I'm used to current day amazing actresses in their 60s and 70s and 80s still being so vibrant and popular.

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wabarbee
Jul 26, 2019

Great movie. The most quoted line from this movie and considered the best is "Mr. DeMille I'm ready for my close up". In the context of this movie great line. However, in my opinion, the best line and the one that truly epitomizes one of the core themes of this film is "I am big, it's the pictures that got small."

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007Gatsby
Jun 08, 2019

This movie has, by far, one of the most disturbing endings ever.

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ManMachine
Sep 19, 2016

For Hollywood (in its heyday) - The 1950's certainly began quite ominously with Billy Wilder's straight-faced freak-show known otherwise as "Sunset Boulevard". Without a doubt - This picture is, indeed, an oddity in itself, being a story-of-the-grotesque that is told by, none other than, a corpse.

Yes. Perhaps the most revealing movie that Hollywood ever made about its own decline - "Sunset Boulevard" was, very much, all about the movie industry's rise to great power, its fabricated imagery, as well as its total worship of youth and its own dark past.

And, of course - Irony of ironies - Only director Billy Wilder could imagine Tinseltown as a place where the dead go on speaking - Talking about their lives as if nothing had changed.

(*Be sure to watch movie video-clip*)

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RobSW
Aug 16, 2016

I watched this because I read it was one of David Lynch's favorite movies - and, indeed, a couple of references in Lynch's Mulholland Drive pay homage to characters from this movie, if only in name.
It's also nice to see a good Noir film that doesn't involve gangsters.
I agree with all the positive things that have been said about this film.

Franln Mar 06, 2016

This classic film is often referenced by filmmakers & actors so I had to check it out. Good story, great acting (Gloria Swanson is fantastic), well done & worth seeing. I recommend watching the bonus features to fully appreciate it. "All right Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." Classic!

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sisterscj
Oct 19, 2015

I really enjoyed this classic film with William Holden and Gloria Swanson, who was a silent screen star. There is a clip of her watching herself on film in which she really did star, and this is the film to bring her downfall in movies, and the man who plays her butler in this film, SB, was the producer of that film, as many of the others she starred in!! There is more, but you should watch for yourself, she did an amazing job!

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

Joe Gillis: "Wait a minute! Haven't I seen you before? I know your face." Norma Desmond: "Get out! Or shall I call my servant?" 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."

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

Norma Desmond (watching herself in her real silent film, "Queen Kelly" with Joe Gillis, actually directed by (the butler) Erich von Stroheim): "Still wonderful, isn't it? And NO dialogue... We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!!"

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

Joe Gillis (voiceover, of Norma): "...Poor devil. Still waving proudly to a parade which had long since passed her by..."

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

Joe Gillis (to Norma): "...There's nothing tragic about being fifty. Not unless you're trying to be twenty-five."

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Monolith
Sep 17, 2012

Norma Desmond (to newsreel camera): "...All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

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Janice21383
Aug 09, 2011

"We had FACESSSSSS!"

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ANTHONY RAMIREZ
Nov 20, 2010

"I am big...It's the pictures that got small"

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