Sunset Boulevard (1950)
By Livia Peterson
One may be so invested in contemporary cinema and in consequence, providing little to no time to visit classic, historical films. Although film studies is a fairly new academic discipline and focuses on film theory, one will quickly realize the classes consist of lectures and screenings to understand why films exist and the cinema is more than entertainment and box office revenue. While I am joyfully enduring Film History II – Development of an Art: 1945 to the Present, I will provide some classic film reviews as it is the perfect time to do so. Without further ado, I discuss Sunset Boulevard (1950).
Joe Gillis (William Holden) unintentionally stops on to Sunset Boulevard, the street of a fading silent film actress Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). While Joe stumbles in to the mansion, Norma assigns him to read, revise, and rewrite screenplays to allow her to become famous once again. Joe frequently feels secluded, so he escapes to write another screenplay with Betty Schaefer (Nancy Olson).
Anchored by the flawless performances, Sunset Boulevard is not afraid to pull all the punches, regarding the bleak lighting and complete suspense to allow one to consistently guess whodunit from start to finish. Despite some questionable hysterical moments, Sunset Boulevard is enthralling and reminds us the famous folks may accomplish anything and everything to enjoy fame and meanwhile, some dreams may be doomed. A-