Sunset Boulevard
No idea when I first saw it / Most recently screened in March 2016
Director: Billy Wilder. Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Jack Webb, Lloyd Gough, Cecil B. DeMille, Hedda Hopper, Buster Keaton, Anna Q. Nilsson, H.B. Warner, Ray Evans, Jay Livingston. Screenplay: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, and D.M. Marshman, Jr.

Twitter Capsule: Donizetti does Day of the Locust. Excitingly rancid. Hard as marble. Tacky, proud, cruel at times. Betty a drag.

VOR:   Even when, in my view, Sunset overdoes the style, the insiderism, or the unsubtle grotesquerie, this is one audacious enterprise. Never stops impressing or unsettling people.



Photo © 1950 Paramount Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. A–

(in April 2003: A)


Academy Award Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture
Best Director: Billy Wilder
Best Actress: Gloria Swanson
Best Actor: William Holden
Best Supporting Actress: Nancy Olson
Best Supporting Actor: Erich von Stroheim
Best Story and Screenplay: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and D.M. Marshman, Jr.
Best Cinematography (Black & White): John D. Seitz
Best Art Direction (Black & White): Hans Dreier & John Meehan; Sam Comer & Ray Moyer
Best Film Editing: Arthur P. Schmidt & Doane Harrison
Best Original Score (Drama/Comedy): Franz Waxman

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: Billy Wilder
Best Actress (Drama): Gloria Swanson
Best Supporting Actor: Erich von Stroheim
Best Screenplay: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and D.M. Marshman, Jr.
Best Cinematography: John D. Seitz
Best Original Score: Franz Waxman

Other Awards:
Writers Guild of America: Best Written American Drama
National Board of Review: Best Picture; Best Actress (Swanson)

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