Good old -fashioned moviewith a beleivable and strong storyline played excellently by leading characters. Black -and-white very suited to this 'Grand Hollywood' ERA.
Wonderful classic film. Also enjoyed the extra feature on the making of this piece.
This is a gem of a movie with Swanson as the decaying movie actress (aged 50 according to Holden!) - overacting her heart away in the silent tradition from which she had emerged. Great script and direction which puts the modern CGI-enhanced rubbish in its place.
A classic for a very good reason. Wilder's film provides a great perspective of the silent era and in this day allows us to understand the industry as of the 1950s. The story of an ageing film star is also quite engaging. Great noir film. Recommended.
Loved ever minute of this classic.
Gloria Swanson as the aging silent film star is wonderful and the facial expressions hilarious.
Watch every Billy Wilder film you can find.
another great classic from an era of perfection in all ways.Wonderful performance from Gloria Swanson,great support from a talented cast.One of the best films ever in my opinion.Thanks
A golden oldie which would be great for a lazy hour or two. Beautifully shot with
a great screen script.
The dialogue in the opening scene is very similar to the opening in "American
Beauty", and although the storyline, even in the forties/fifties would have been an
old one, William Holden handles the lead role well.
Gloria Swanson plays Norma Desmond, an older hollywood starlet from the silent era who hasn't moved on in time. Still believing that she's loved by her fans, who hasn't dated a single minute and who literally has lost her mind. A chance meeting between Norma and her soon to be taken "toy boy" played by William Holden occurs. He's running from debt collectors, trying hard to sell one of his stories to the film studios so he can pay his rent and car payment.
Gloria Swanson performs her role to perfection, of the crazy has-been actress. The menacing eyes of hers glaring down the camera while her fingers reach and curl like talons of destruction. Was this really an act by Gloria or was that how she really was, because she too was a has-been silent screen actress forgotten by her public till she was called upon to act in this film. Are we seeing into her reality?
The film portrays the final days of Norma's time. Her mental state deteriorating till she murders William Holden. Finally she loses recognition of all and delves into her imagination and back to the days of silent film.
I personally found this film extremely over dramatic causing much eye rolling and gasps of wonder why I was still sitting watching the film. I love old movies, am glad to say that I've finally seen "Sunset Boulevard" but even gladder to know that I wont need to watch it again.
This is a great movie. Billy Wilder was a genius, and this was his masterwork. Watch this and realise how great movies can be, then watch every other Wilder movie you can get your hands on.
The ultimate classic with Swanson at her peak. A movie within a movie that has it all - drama, sex, love, lust, betrayal, lofty ambitions & dashed hopes, dreams unfulfilled and dripping with pathos. A movie with something for everyone.
An amazing picture for its time and for 2004. Not just a chick flick either boys.