Great Moments In Film – Sunset Boulevard (1950)
It was about time I got around to this one. I can say without any hyperbole whatsoever that Sunset Boulevard is one of the finest movies to ever be made. It takes a look at fame and what happens to those when their “15 minutes” are up. In the case of Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), she lives a delusional life, shacked up in her mansion with only a butler to keep her company most of the time; always waiting for glamorous Hollywood to come crawling back to her.
This is her first appearance of the film and it really speaks for itself. Swanson is absolutely brilliant in the role and delivers one of the best lines in the history of movies during this scene. Not bad considering that the one you all are thinking of is spoken much later. This is a film that needs to be seen.
Some trivia: not only was Swanson an Hollywood star in her younger years (much like Desmond), but Max the Butler is played by Erich von Stroheim, a former heavy in films and major director in his own right. The movie is littered with cameos, including Cecile B. DeMille and Buster Keaton.
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