Sunset Blvd

DVD - 2002
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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.


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Mar 11, 2014
  • d2013 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Timeless! Loved it!

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.

Jan 20, 2014
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This black-and-white film is another masterpiece by director Billy Wilder, about a reluctant gigolo and his faded, aging star who dreamt about a comeback that could never happen. A classic.

Feb 08, 2013
  • viguyy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is hands down the finest film ever made about Hollywood. Gloria Swanson is absolutely brilliant as the great Norma Desmond. "You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big. (Norma) "I AM big. It's the pictures that got small." The writing is just as good as it gets in this noir classic that takes aim at Hollywood itself & really does cut through the illusions of it all with a cleverness & bite rarely scene.

Gloria Swanson is truly remarkable in this film with her dramatic eye bulging, claw-like hands poses & her sharp dramatic voice inflections. Absolutely brilliant acting! Just a fantastic treat to watch every single moment of her on the screen. One of the greatest performance on film, ever!

William Holden's performance is also very good. Who could play opposite Swanson while more than holding his own and that is certainly Holden. His self- sickened character who is badly in need of cash ends up prostituting himself & paying the ultimate price for his choices. Holden really is not given enough credit for how truly marvelous his performance is.

Max...then there is the undying loyalty of Max. Norma Desmond's dedicated butler who is played to perfection by Erich Von Stroheim. Max's charcter would fit right into a 1950's horror film just as easily as he does in this film. He is the creepy over obsessed, over dedicated servant to the great Norma Desmond and Von Stronheim is simply brilliant.

Of course the film is directed & co-written by the very great Billy Wilder who made some of the greatest films ever made. Arguably this may be Wilder's finest effort, a masterful work in every way & for a film lover, pure bliss to watch. Pure bliss!

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The monumental classic co-written/directed by the extraordinary Billy Wilder. A bold, vitriolic look at the seamy underbelly of the Hollywood meat-grinder. Swanson is staggering as the reclusive diva... "yesterday's glamour queen". Neurotically glaring, without blinking, wide-eyed -- an image I won't soon forget. Stone-faced Erich von Stroheim as the creepy Igor-ish gothic pipe organ playing butler (with a secret). Holden as her (breathing) pet monkey. Just phenomenal. Exquisite cinema. FIVE STARS.

Nov 19, 2012
  • yumsushi rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Norma Desmond is portrayed wonderfully all dolled up, dramatic and left behind by Hollywood.

Dec 28, 2011

I have heard many references to this film over the years and took the time to sit down and see what it was all about. Lights. Camera. Action. Old Hollywood fading out ... All right, Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my closeup."

Check it out.

Sep 11, 2009
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Entrenched in her own magnificence the aging film star Norma Desmond is happliy surprised when a stranger decides to help her write the script to her return to the silver screen. Love the lines that became famous - "I am big, it's the pictures that got small!" among others.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Norma Desmond (to newsreel camera): "...All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Norma Desmond (watching herself in her real silent film, "Queen Kelly" with Joe Gillis, actually directed by (the butler) Erich von Stroheim): "Still wonderful, isn't it? And NO dialogue... We didn't need dialogue. We had faces!!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Joe Gillis (voiceover, of Norma): "...Poor devil. Still waving proudly to a parade which had long since passed her by..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Joe Gillis: "Wait a minute! Haven't I seen you before? I know your face." Norma Desmond: "Get out! Or shall I call my servant?" Joe Gillis: "You're Norma Desmond! You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big!" Norma Desmond: "I AM big. It's the PICTURES that got small."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Joe Gillis (to Norma): "...There's nothing tragic about being fifty. Not unless you're trying to be twenty-five."

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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