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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

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"The analysis is admirable so far as it goes, which is not quite far enough... Excellently observed as [the characters] are, they do not gain enough depth in the second half of the film...An increase in intensity... could have made it more than a series of brilliant anecdotes.. There is no doubt, though that [it] is one of the most genuinely original films from Hollywood for some time."
(Gavin Lambert)
"She (Swanson) grasps each scene in her violent, over-emotional role like a drug-addict pouncing on a hypodermic full of cocaine. I didn't like Sunset Boulevard for its cumulative effect is unpleasant, but I shall go to see it again and again. It is a sanitary inspection of that part of Hollywood we do not often visit - the kitchen behind the brassy front."
(Leonard Mosley, Daily Express)
"The picture itself goes from improbability to reality and back again, but Miss Swanson holds it all together."
"It reminds us by its own single deficiency: want of pathos. But a certain clinical detachment in the manner of the piece cannot destroy its claim to be regarded as an exceptionally distinguished work."
(Dilys Powell)

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