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Sunset Boulevard
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Directed By
Billy Wilder

Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Buster Keaton, Jack Webb, Cecil B. DeMille, Fred Clark

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Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
June 23rd, 2007

I AM big. It's the PICTURES that got small.

Released the same year that I was, this magnificent film (#16 on AFI's 2007 Top-100 Movies) was the greatest of Billy Wilder's many achievements.

Wilder enraged the big-wigs in Hollywood with his film. It would probably won many more Oscars had the voters been honest and not let their hurt feelings get in the way.

Gloria Swanson was magnificent as a silent film star wanting to return to movies. The fact that she was a real silent film star made it all the more incredible. She dominated the screen every time she appeared.

Her co-star, William Holden (Stalag 17, Network), was equally brilliant as a hack screenwriter who allowed himself to be kept by Swanson.

The sets and music were beyond compare. The cinematography was brilliant.

Actor/Director Erich von Stroheim played the butler flawlessly. This was only Nancy Olsen's third film, and she played Betty like a veteran.

There have been so many great things written about this film, that I can only sound like a parrot, but to see Wilder at his best and some of Hollywood's greats from the silent and contract period, this film is a must.

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