Dir. Billy Wilder (USA, 1950) 110 mins
There has never been another film quite like this eerie Oscar-winning cinema classic. Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), a forgotten queen of silent films, lives surrounded by her past in a decaying mansion on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard. Her life begins to change when Joe Gillis (William Holden), a down-on his-luck young screenwriter, works with her to create a film that will ensure her triumphant return to the screen. Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough and Jack Webb play supporting roles. Director Cecil B. DeMille and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper play themselves, and the film includes cameo appearances by leading silent film figures Buster Keaton, H. B. Warner and Anna Q. Nilsson.
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