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Sunset Blvd. 1950 film review

Sunset Blvd. 1950 film review

Sunset Blvd. (1950, United States)

Running time
110 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★★★★☆ 9 / 10

Young screenwriter Joe, penniless, being chased by a bailiff, is taking refuge in a decaying mansion of former silent movies star Norma. Besides them in the mansion lives Norma’s husband, who used to direct her films, and now he is the butler. Hoping to return to the big screen Norma makes Joe her lover, she wants him to write a script that will allow her to restore her career. Joe has mixed emotions towards Norma: desire, disgust, hope for a change of fate... In the end he rebels, but he did not expect how this story may finish.

The whole story is told as a flashbacks from the point of view of Joe, who’s body swims in the pool in the first scene. The director took care of the perfect scenery, exotic props. Great atmosphere in "film noir" style, disturbing music and matching scenery. It’s wild, dark picture of the life in Hollywood, it provoked various reactions among the Hollywood society, numerous protests. The film received 11 nominations and finally 3 Oscars.

Fantastic acting, well-known silent movies actors (among others Buster Keaton) played small parts. The meaning of this film remains valid today, concerns not only the actors, but all the people - this is a story about the passing time and the way some people just can’t handle, at best they expose themselves to ridicule. This is not an easy movie, as usual with masterpieces, and "Sunset Blvd." is one of the best.

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Creators of Sunset Blvd.

Billy Wilder films

Billy Wilder


Billy Wilder films

Billy Wilder


Charles Brackett films

Charles Brackett


D.M. Marshman Jr. films

D.M. Marshman Jr.


Cast of Sunset Blvd.

William Holden films

William Holden

as Joe Gillis

Gloria Swanson films

Gloria Swanson

as Norma Desmond

Erich von Stroheim films

Erich von Stroheim

as Max Von Mayerling

Nancy Olson films

Nancy Olson

as Betty Schaefer

Fred Clark films

Fred Clark

as Sheldrake

Lloyd Gough films

Lloyd Gough

as Morino

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