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Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

1950 / 110min / DCP

DIRECTOR: BILLY WILDER

CAST: WILLIAM HOLDEN, GLORIA SWANSON, ERICH VON STROHEIM

Utterly transfixing from the opening moments, in which Midwestern journalist-cum-skint-screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) begins to posthumously narrate his sob story while floating facedown in a swimming pool in the Hollywood Hills, Wilder’s Tinseltown gothic is a movie steeped in love and hate for the movie business and the monsters that it attracts and nurtures, like Gillis and his sugar mama, faded silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). An industry inside joke both funny and haunting, often stolen from and quoted (“I’m ready for my close-up”) but never diminished in its eerie grandeur.