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Sunset Blvd

(DVD - 2002 )
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Pursued by creditors, Joe swerves into a driveway of a seemingly abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion. He finds Norma, an ex-screen queen dreaming of a dramatic comeback and her husband/servant living there. She takes a fancy to Joe and, learning that he is a scriptwriter, persuades him to help her with her comeback screenplay. Being broke he accepts. He falls in love with a young script reader, but Norma breaks up their romance. Thinking she is mad, he tries to leave, but Norma kills him in a scene which she believes is the highlight of her comeback movie.
Statement of Responsibility: a Paramount Picture ; producer, Charles Brackett ; writers, Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and D.M. Marshman, Jr. ; director, Billy Wilder
Title: Sunset Blvd
[videorecording]
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Pictures, [2002]
Edition: Special collector's ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1950
Special features: Commentary by Ed Sikov, author of "On Sunset Boulevard: the life and times of Billy Wilder" ; a 28 min. documentary, Sunset Blvd., a look back (c2002) ; theatrical trailer ; Hollywood location map ; photo galleries ; morgue prologue ; Edith Head - The Paramount Years (featurette) ; The music of Sunset Boulevard (featurette)
Credits: Cinematographer, John F. Seitz ; editors, Doane Harrison, Arthur Schmidt ; music, Franz Waxman ; costume designer, Edith Head.
Performers: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich Von Stroheim, Nancy Olsen, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, Jack Webb, Cecil B. DeMille, Hedda Hopper, Buster Keaton.
Summary: Pursued by creditors, Joe swerves into a driveway of a seemingly abandoned Sunset Boulevard mansion. He finds Norma, an ex-screen queen dreaming of a dramatic comeback and her husband/servant living there. She takes a fancy to Joe and, learning that he is a scriptwriter, persuades him to help her with her comeback screenplay. Being broke he accepts. He falls in love with a young script reader, but Norma breaks up their romance. Thinking she is mad, he tries to leave, but Norma kills him in a scene which she believes is the highlight of her comeback movie.
Audience: MPAA rating Not rated
System Details: DVD, Dolby digital mono, Region 1 encoding
Other Language: English or French dialogue; Closed-captioned
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Awards, USA, 1951: Oscar - Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White (Hans Dreier, John Meehan, Sam Comer, Ray Moyer); Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Franz Waxman); Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr.)
Subject Headings: Actors Drama Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) Drama Motion picture industry Drama
Topical Term: Actors
Motion picture industry
Additional Contributors: Brackett, Charles - 1892-1969
Wilder, Billy - 1906-2002
Marshman, D. M. - 1922-
Holden, William - 1918-1981
Swanson, Gloria
Von Stroheim, Erich - 1885-1957
Olson, Nancy - 1928-
Clark, Fred - 1914-1968
Gough, Lloyd
Webb, Jack - 1920-1982
DeMille, Cecil B. - 1881-1959 - (Cecil Blount),
Hopper, Hedda - 1890-1966
Seitz, John F. - 1892-1979 - (John Francis),
Harrison, Doane - 1894-1968
Schmidt, Arthur
Waxman, Franz - 1906-1967
Head, Edith
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Alternate Title: Sunset Boulevard
Publisher No: 04927
ISBN: 0792172868
9780792172864
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE S
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Feb 15, 2014
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Gloria Swanson plays an aging film star that lost popularity when the silent films ended when talkies began. Erich von Stroheim plays her butler and William Holden plays a two-bit screenwriter trying to make a buck trying to go along with Swanson's dream of making another picture with the great Cecil B. De Mille. A bleak picture about a washed up actress who can’t face that nobody is interested in making a picture with her. The strange thing is that Swanson was a star of several silent pictures and Stroheim was a great director during those times. This film is considered by Sight and Sound critics poll to be the 63rd best picture ever made. A totally macabre picture of a deranged ex-film great, played by Swanson, while not totally out of films, was playing mostly minor pieces for TV, when she got an Oscar nom for this film.

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Aug 09, 2011
  • Janice21383 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We had FACESSSSSS!"

Nov 20, 2010
  • ANTHONY RAMIREZ rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I am big...It's the pictures that got small"

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