Sunset Boulevard: Classic Hollywood Movie
When Joe Gillis (great William Holden), a young second-rate writer who wants to succeed as a Hollywood screenwriter, knocks on the door to the mansion of Norma Desmond, a former silent movie star, he could never imagine that there would be an end to it.
Starting from the idea that all or almost all of us have seen the film, I would like to comment on the film’s points that appeal to me and without being anything original; make it one of the most classic and most brilliant films ever. For me it’s very hard to sort the ideas in my head to talk about this movie.
A beginning and an end: Start by saying that perhaps it is a film that struck with me when I was small especially for its spectacular and surprising initiation, rarely seen on the screen, if it was not the first time: the main character explains the story but that is dead!
Starting at the end is a great idea of Billy Wilder to hook you from the minute zero of the story to the last in which that descent of stairs is the most famous movie scene in the history of cinema!
Perfect script: Nothing original either because Billy Wilder is one of the most perfect scriptwriters of the cinema. It was his last collaboration with Charles Brackett and the two wrote that acid critic about Hollywood on the way between the decline of the silent film, which stars Swanson and a brilliant Erich Von Stroheim represented Max the faithful servant of the diva and an incipient sonorous cinema in which The script is one of the most important parts to explain new stories that are brought to the screen, represented by young people like William Holden and Nancy Olson.
Old glories: I still do not know if Wilder wanted to pay homage to silent movies or really wanted to criticize the excesses of the world. That step of time, the egos, the want to recover that lost glory, the fear of failure to not know or not to be able to obtain that transition to the voice cinema.
Flashback and voiceover: We have already talked about that famous flashback in which William Holden is already dead and is slowly explaining the story through the voice-over. Normally I am against this style, I do not like it but this story would not make sense if it was not counted as it is, because the main character is dead!
Famous Movie Quotes:
“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”
We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces.
Joe Gillis: You’re Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
Norma: I am Big; it’s the pictures that got small
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Produced by: Charles Brackett
D. M. Marshman, Jr.
Erich von Stroheim