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Sunset Boulevard / Sunset Blvd

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Tookey's Rating
9 /10
Average Rating
9.52 /10
Gloria Swanson , William Holden , Erich Von Stroheim
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Directed by: Billy Wilder
Written by: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr

Released: 1950
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 110


An unscrupulous writer (William Holden) inveigles himself into the affections of a legendary Hollywood star (Gloria Swanson, pictured left).

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Billy Wilder’s malicious view of the movie business is part black comedy and part Grand Guignol, all of it beautifully shot and acted. Gloria Swanson, in a come-back role, gives one of the great screen performances: melodramatic but subtle, funny yet tragic. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is much more sentimental; Wilder leaves the viewer with a nasty taste in his mouth, and means to. Franz Waxman's score won an Academy Award. John F. Seitz's cinematography was Oscar-nominated.
"After nine years of obscurity, I was in the glaring spotlight again, thanks to Billy Wilder and a brilliant script."
(Gloria Swanson, in her autobiography)
"You bastard! You have disgraced the industry that made you and fed you! You should be tarred and feathered and run out of Hollywood!"
(MGM chief Louis B. Mayer to Billy Wilder after a private screening)

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