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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
25,468
Favs
3,605
Dislikes
96
Favs/checks
14.2% (1:7)
Favs/dislikes
38:1
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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.
    5 years 5 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. 7 years 5 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. 8 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 #9 in IMDb's 1950s Top 50
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  3. This movie ranks #9 in Golden Globe Award - Best Motion Picture
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  4. This movie ranks #16 in Library of Congress's 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 National Board of Review Award - Best Film
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  11. This movie ranks #57 in Leonard Maltin's 100 Must-See Films of the 20th Century
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  16. This movie ranks #73 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
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  18. This movie ranks #79 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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  19. This movie ranks #83 in Rotten Tomatoes's Top 100 Movies of All Time
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