Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Top 100 Tuesday #16: Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard: Centennial Collection

William Holden ...Joe Gillis
Gloria Swanson ...Norma Desmond
Erich von Stroheim ...Max von Mayerling

If you've watched this movie, post your thoughts in the comments, and link back to your blog and any review you may have written. If you chose not to watch, you can write about why.

Next Tuesday...The Graduate


  1. What a great old film about obsession, devotion and decline.

    Gloria Swanson is brilliant as Norma Desmond, the deliciously arrogant and pathologically narcissistic diva who can't believe she's no longer a star.

    William Holden is appropriately smarmy as the man who lives off Gloria, slowly losing his sense of pride and self, and decency, if he ever had one.

    And then there's the enigmatic Max.

    It's a great film about how we delude ourselves with what we want to believe.

  2. And that poor young girl, the one with the adorable nose! Remember her? I felt so sorry for her.

    I love Billy Wilder movies because even though they seem like good old-fashioned entertainment, there's always something a little off or subversive about them. For example, did you notice that Joe begins talking to us while he's still face down in the water, quite dead? This is the only movie I can remember that has a corpse as narrator.