Friday, May 15, 2009

Sunset Blvd. (1950)

User Rating:8.7/10 Top 250: #25

Awards:Won 3 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 13 nominations

Director:Billy Wilder

Genre:Drama | Film-Noir

Plot:The story, set in '50s Hollywood, focuses on Norma Desmond, a
silent-screen goddess whose pathetic belief in her own
indestructibility has turned her into a demented recluse. The crumbling
Sunset Boulevard mansion where she lives with only her butler, Max who
was once her director and husband has become her self-contained world.
Norma dreams of a comeback to pictures and she begins a relationship
with Joe Gillis, a small-time writer who becomes her lover, that will
soon end with murder and total madness.

William Holden ... Joe Gillis

Gloria Swanson ... Norma Desmond

Erich von Stroheim ... Max von Mayerling

Nancy Olson ... Betty Schaefer

Fred Clark ... Sheldrake

Lloyd Gough ... Morino

Jack Webb ... Artie Green

Franklyn Farnum ... Undertaker

Larry J. Blake ... Finance man #1 (as Larry Blake)

Charles Dayton ... Finance man #2

Cecil B. DeMille ... Himself

Hedda Hopper ... Herself

Buster Keaton ... Himself, Bridge Player

Anna Q. Nilsson ... Herself, Bridge Player

H.B. Warner ... Himself, Bridge Player