Sunset Boulevard

Synopsis: In Hollywood of the 50's, the obscure screenplay writer Joe Gillis is not able to sell his work to the studios, is full of debts and is thinking in returning to his hometown to work in an office. While trying to escape from his creditors, he has a flat tire and parks his car in a decadent mansion in Sunset Boulevard. He meets the owner and former silent-movie star Norma Desmond, who lives alone with her butler and driver Max Von Mayerling. Norma is demented and believes she will return to the cinema industry, and is protected and isolated from the world by Max, who was her director and husband in the past and still loves her. Norma proposes Joe to move to the mansion and help her in writing a screenplay for her comeback to the cinema, and the small-time writer becomes her lover and gigolo. When Joe falls in love for the young aspirant writer Betty Schaefer, Norma becomes jealous and completely insane and her madness leads to a tragic end.
Genre: Drama, Film-Noir
Director(s): Billy Wilder
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

It is a crisp sunny I was living in an

day. The voice con- apartment house above

tinues speaking as Franklin and Ivar.

CAMERA PANS toward Things were tough

the ALTO NIDO APART- at the moment. I hadn't

MENT HOUSE, an ugly worked in a studio for

Moorish structure ofsat a long time. So I

stucco, about four there grinding

stories high. CAMERA out original stories,

MOVES TOWARD AN OPEN two a week. Only I

WINDOW on the third seemed to have lost

floor, where we look my touch. Maybe they

in on JOE GILLIS' APART- weren't original

MENT. Joe Gillis, bare- enough. Maybe they

footed and wearing no- were too original.

thing but an old bath- All I know is they

robe. is sitting on didn't sell.

the bed. In front of

him. on a straight

chair, is a portable

typewriter. Beside

him, on the bed, is a

dirty ashtray and a

scattering of type

written and pencil-

marked pages. Gillis

is typing. with a

pencil clenched bet-

ween his teeth.


It is a one-room affair with an unmade Murphy bed

pulled out of the wall at which Gillis sits typing.

There are a couple of worn-out plush chairs and a

Spanish-style, wrought-iron standing lamp. Also a

small desk littered with books and letters, and a

chest of drawers with a portable phonograph and some

records on top. On the walls are a couple of repro-

ductions of characterless paintings, with laundry

bills and snapshots stuck in the frames. Through an

archway can he seen a tiny kitchenette, complete with

unwashed coffee pot and cup, empty tin cans, orange

peels, etc. The effect is dingy and cheerless --

just another furnished apartment. The buzzer SOUNDS.

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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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