Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Struggling writer Joe Gillis (William Holden) floats dead in a pool in one of the most famous opening shots ever, then proceeds to narrate his own demise. His accidental meeting with faded star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) leads him into becoming a kept man as Norma slides into delusion. Wilder’s fascination withHollywood, and how the disposability of the silent screen stars who built it shattered the stars themselves, shines through in this cameo filled gem of black humour.

 Listed in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

WINNERAcademyAwards (Best Writing Story, Screenplay, Art Direction, Set decoration & Best Music) 1951

Sunset Boulevard

Posthumous narrating at its finest!

  • Director: Billy Wilder
  • Year: 1950
  • Run Time: 110 mins
  • Country: USA
  • Rating: PG