Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Classic 1950 noir from Billy Wilder about a failed screenwriter (William Holden) who is drawn into the twisted fantasy world of a former silent-screen star (Gloria Swanson), as she yearns for a triumphant return. Voted the 16th best American film of all time by the American Film Institute in 2007. More

Wilder would go on to direct the Marilyn Monroe classic Some Like It Hot and the 1961 Best Picture Oscar-winner The Apartment.

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1950Rating: PG, Low level coarse language110 minsUSA
DramaClassic

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Sunset Boulevard | Awards

Award Winner
Best Screenplay, Art Direction and Music winner at 1951 Academy Awards. Best Film (Drama), Director, Actress (Swanson) and Score at the 1951 Golden Globes

Sunset Boulevard | Reviews

Variety

Variety

They rate a nod for daring, as well as credit for an all-around filmmaking job that, disregarding the unpleasant subject matter, is a standout.

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Time Out

Time Out

One of Wilder's finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood's scab-scratching accounts of itself.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

While all the acting is memorable, one thinks first of Miss Swanson, of her manifestation of consuming pride, her forlorn despair and a truly magnificent impersonation of Charlie Chaplin.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Remains the best drama ever made about the movies because it sees through the illusions, even if Norma doesn't.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

This cold-blooded satire is at once subtle and savage.

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BBC

BBC

The best film to capture the transitory nature of film fame.

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