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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

On Sunset Boulevard

Watched the great Sunset Boulevard (1950, Dir: Billy Wilder) today. It is the first 'warts-an-all' portrayal of Hollywood: The Hollywood Story-

"William Holden's hack screenwriter writes a role for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity in Billy Wilder's timeless classic. Gloria Swanson's Norma Desmond claims her rightful place as the diva actress to end them all in the 1950 all-time great. It's quite simple: they don't make 'em like this anymore."

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