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A.k.a.
Sunset Boulevard
Year
1950
Runtime
110 min.
Director
Billy Wilder
Genres
Drama, Film-Noir
Rating *
8.4
Votes *
171,375
Checks
24,887
Favs
3,536
Dislikes
91
Favs/checks
14.2% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
39:1
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  1. DisneyStitch's avatar

    DisneyStitch

    Probably my favorite noir film. So many of the scenes are so classically dark and spooky it almost makes you shiver. It almost didn't get made because it attacked the culture of Hollywood and its stars. It's amazing that many of the themes of ego and self-worth are just as relevant in the movie industry today as they were when it was made. Gloria Swanson gives a chilling performance that is downright scary and William Holden with Erich von Stroheim rounding out a stellar cast.

    Another amazing side story of this movie was just how closely the movie script matched the actors and the real life situations they had been through. Holden plays a struggling writer and in reality was at his wits end as a career actor. Swanson was a faded star at that point and had effectively left her movie career behind with many of her mannerisms and extreme behavior matching her character. Even DeMille who plays himself had directed Swanson numerous times at Paramount and even referred to Norma Desmond in the movie as "young fella" which was the same nickname he always called Swanson. In my years of watching cinema I've never come across a movie that mirrored the life behind the actors so completely, no doubt it is a factor in the wild success and quality of the movie.
    4 years 4 months ago
  2. creole's avatar

    creole

    For a movie from the 50's it's immensely creepy in a subtle way. Not many modern movies can emulate this style. 6 years 4 months ago
  3. ThePublicEnemy's avatar

    ThePublicEnemy

    I wasn't expecting the film to be this good, pleasant surprise! Almost seemed modern at times with its frank references to murder and suicide. 7 years 9 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #1 in IMDb's Film-noir Top 50
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  2. This movie ranks #8 in IMDb's 1950s Top 50
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  3. This movie ranks #9 in Golden Globe Best Picture Winners
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  4. This movie ranks #16 in National Film Registry
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  5. This movie ranks #16 in AFI's 100 years...100 movies
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  6. This movie ranks #19 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
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  7. This movie ranks #19 in National Board of Review - Best Film
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  8. This movie ranks #29 in Taschen 100 All-time favorite movies
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  9. This movie ranks #34 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
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  10. This movie ranks #40 in FilmTotaal top 100
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  11. This movie ranks #51 in Best Of Rotten Tomatoes
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  12. This movie ranks #57 in IMDb's Top 250
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  13. This movie ranks #57 in 100 Must-See Films Of The 20th Century
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  14. This movie ranks #63 in Empire 500
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  15. This movie ranks #65 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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  16. This movie ranks #71 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  17. This movie ranks #73 in TSPDT 100 Essential Noir Films
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  18. This movie ranks #73 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
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  19. This movie ranks #78 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  20. This movie ranks #110 in 501 Must See Movies
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  21. This movie ranks #115 in Harvard University's Suggested Film Viewing List: Narrative Films (2012)
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  22. This movie ranks #127 in Reddit top 250
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  23. This movie ranks #178 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
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  24. This movie ranks #180 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
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  25. This movie ranks #207 in iCheckMovies - Most Favorite
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  26. This movie ranks #212 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
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  27. This movie ranks #226 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  29. This movie ranks #416 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
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  30. This movie ranks #549 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s
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