Sunset Blvd.


(out of 5)

The mother of all backstage Hollywood movies that just never seems to age. One of the peaks of Billy Wilder’s abundantly successful career is this fantastic film about a struggling screenwriter () who takes refuge in the decaying home of a has-been silent movie queen (, in a career-reviving performance). He thinks he has hit easy street after she takes him in, but he soon realizes that this woman expects him to put out freely while helping her get ready for her giant comeback, a script about Salome that she has written herself. A cameo by Cecil B. DeMille helps lend weight to this great story, plus fantastic camerawork by John Seitz really allows the viewer to personally experience Swanson’s fall into the darkness of insanity. Marvelous.

USA, 1950

Directed by Billy Wilder

Screenplay by , Billy Wilder, 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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Academy Awards
Best Art Direction (Black-and-White) (art direction: Hans Dreier, John Meehan; set decoration: Sam Comer, Ray Moyer)
Best Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) (Franz Waxman)
Best Writing (Story and Screenplay) (Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr.)

Best Actor (William Holden as “Joe Gillis”)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Erich von Stroheim as “Max Von Mayerling”)
Best Actress (Gloria Swanson as “Norma Desmond”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Nancy Olson as “Betty Schaefer”)
Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) (John F. Seitz)
Best Directing (Billy Wilder)
Best Film Editing (Arthur Schmidt, Doane Harrison)
Best Motion Picture (Paramount)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Gloria Swanson)
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Motion Picture Director (Billy Wilder)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Franz Waxman)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Erich von Stroheim)
Best Screenplay (Charles Brackett, D.M. Marshman Jr., Billy Wilder)

Best Cinematography-Black and White (John F. Seitz)

New York Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Actress (Gloria Swanson)
Best Director (Billy Wilder)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Film
Best Actress (Gloria Swanson)

Writers Guild Award
Best Written American Drama

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Billy Wilder)


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