Sunset Boulevard script
Synopsis: Sunset Boulevard (stylized onscreen as SUNSET BLVD.) is a 1950 American film noir directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, and produced and co-written by Charles Brackett. It was named after the boulevard that runs through Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, California.

SEQUENCE "A"

A-l-4 START the picture with the actual street sign:

SUNSET BOULEVARD, stencilled on a curbstope.

In the gutter lie dead leaves, scraps of paper,

burnt matches and cigarette butts. It is early

morning.

Now the CAMERA leaves the sign and MOVES EAST, the

grey asphalt of the street filling the screen. As

speed accelerates to around 40 m.p.h., traffic de-

marcations, white arrows, speed-limit warnings, man-

hole covers, etc., flash by. SUPERIMPOSED on all

this are the CREDIT TITLES, in the stencilled style

of the street sign.

Over the scene we now hear MAN'S VOICE

sirens. Police squad cars Yes, this is Sunset

hurtle toward the camera, Boulevard, Los Angeles,

turn off the road into a California. It's about

driveway with squealing five o'clock in the

brakes. Dismounted motor- morning. That's the

cycle cops stand directing Homicide Squad, com-

the cars in. plete with detectives

and newspaper men.

A-5 PATIO AND POOL OF A murder has been re-

MANSION ported from one of those

great big houses in the

The policemen and news- ten thousand block.

paper reporters and You'll read all about

photographers have it in the late editions,

jumped out of the cars I'm sure. You'll get

and are running up to it over your radio,

the pool, in which a and see it on tele-

body is seen floating. vision -- because an

Photographers' bulbs old-time star is in-

flash in rapid suc- volved. one of the big-

cession. gest. But before you

hear it all distorted

and blown out of

proportion, before those

Hollywood columnists

get their hands on it,

maybe you'd like to

hear the facts, the

whole truth...

A-6 FLASH OF THE BODY

MAN'S VOICE

Angle up through the If so, you've come to the

water from the bottom right party... You see,

of the pool, as the the body of a young man

body floats face down- was found floating in the

ward. It is a well- pool of her mansion, with

dressed young man. two shots in his back and

one in his stomach. No-

body important, really.

Just a movie writer with

a couple of "B" pictures

to his credit. The poor

dope. He always wanted a

pool Well, in the end

he got himself a pool --

SLOW DISSOLVE TO: only the price turned out

to be a little high...

Let's go back about six

A-7 HOLLYWOOD, SEEN FROM months and find the day

THE HILLTOP AT IVAR when it all started.

& FRANKLIN STREETS

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Charles Brackett

Charles William Brackett (November 26, 1892 – March 9, 1969) was an American novelist, screenwriter, and film producer, best known for his long collaboration with Billy Wilder. more…

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