Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

(1950)

A Hollywood story.

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.Hide

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  • 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. Full Review

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

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

  • BBC

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

  • 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. Full Review