Sunset Boulevard

1950

Action / Drama / Film-Noir

60
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 98% · 115 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 94% · 50K ratings
IMDb Rating 8.4/10 10 238424 238.4K

Director

Top cast

Jack Warden as Party Guest
Buster Keaton as Buster Keaton
Nancy Olson as Betty Schaefer
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911.11 MB
988*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 50 min
Seeds 17
1.74 GB
1472*1072
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 50 min
Seeds 97

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by stjohn1253 9 / 10

Welcome to the Hotel California on Sunset Blvd.

Sunset Blvd. had to have influenced the Eagles classic hit, Hotel California. Parallels exist throughout, including the enchantment.

Consider:

1) A man compelled to stop for the night, as did Joe Gillis, whose face showed his puzzlement and hesitation upon viewing Norma Desmond's estate on Sunset Blvd: "This could be Heaven, or this could be Hell."

2) "Then she lit up a candle..." Norma lit many.

3) "Her mind is Tiffany-twisted," as was Norma's, and, "she got the Mercedes-Benz." Only in Norma's case, the Isotta-Fraschini.

4) "She's got lots of pretty, pretty boys that she calls friends." Norma had gone through three husbands and lured Joe into an intimate friendship.

5) "How they danced in the courtyard..." Joe and Norma danced in the great room.

6) "Some danced to remember" (as did Norma); "some danced to forget" (as did Joe).

7) "So I called up the captain, 'Please bring me my wine.'" Max Von Mayerling served as butler/wine captain.

8) "Pink champagne on ice." Lots of champagne consumed in the film.

9) "We are all just prisoners here of our own device." That's the theme of the movie! Every character is trapped in his and her own way.

10) "Last thing I remember, I was running for the door." Joe did also to "find the passage back to place I (he) was before."

11) Finally, "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave." Precisely the fate of Joe.

If this fine film didn't inspire other artists, I'd be very surprised. It adroitly captured the mood and seductiveness of Hollywood and California of the early '50s.

Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 9 / 10

A film packed with unforgettable moments

Although at that time she hadn't appeared in a film for several years and wasn't to make one for several for several more, Gloria Swanson remained a presence in the Hollywood of the thirties, the only legendary silent star to sustain an image and continue to interest the film studios, which put her under contract and announced her to star in a series of projects—none of which were realized… While she wasn't to regain her former eminence until her celebrated comeback as Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard," a scathing satire on Hollywood and the self-delusions of its former heroes, she maintained her silent-screen image as the personification of glamor, and as such wasn't the initial choice for the role of the faded silent star…

Like many small people who achieve greatness, Swanson was a powerhouse of energy, vitality, ambition and shrewdness, untroubled by insight humor to slow down her pace…

The key to her success, the charm of her personality, the glamor of her career and the secret of her survival was superbly captured by herself in one of the best autobiographies, Swanson on Swanson

Reviewed by rupie 8 / 10

weird, bizarre, fascinating, great

This movie deserves all the accolades it has gotten here, as well as "Maltin's" four stars. It certainly ranks up there as one of Hollywood's greatest achievements. Seeing it again only reinforces my opinion that William Holden was one of the truly great actors of the last [!] century. Gloria Swanson, however, steals every scene she's in; you can't turn away from watching her, even though she makes you really uncomfortable - it's like watching a train wreck. I don't know if the black & white was an economic or an artistic choice, but the film would never have been as effective in color. The opening shot - the floating, dead body of Joe Gillis, eyes wide open, shot looking up from the bottom of the pool - is one of the great shots, and an unforgettable opener, matched perfectly by the unforgettable closing closeup of Norma Desmond. To have Cecil B. deMille actually play himself was an inspired touch. Throw in Eric von Stroheim and you have an unbeatable combination. Truly one the all-time must-see films, although I don't know how to classify it - film noir? black comedy? Hollywood fable ? horror story? psychodrama? Who cares; just see it.

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