Thursday, 30 October 2008

Malice in wonderland

Sunset Boulevard

The whole place seemed to have been stricken with a kind of creeping paralysis - out of beat with the rest of the world, crumbling apart in slow motion.

Before I got distracted by The Boys in the Band news and Mr. Pearl, I wanted to highlight the 1950 classic Sunset Boulevard. Undoubtedly one of the finest examples of American film noir. Directed and co-written by Billy Wilder, it stars Gloria Swanson, William Holden, and Erich von Stroheim.

While some are amazed by what others haven't read, I am more amazed by what others haven't seen.

Praised by many critics when first released, Sunset Boulevard was nominated for eleven Academy Awards and won three. It is widely accepted as a classic, often cited as one of the most noteworthy films of American cinema. Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1989, Sunset Boulevard was included in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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1 comment:

ArchitectDesign™ said...

This has been a favorite of mine for years! Kristin Wig on SNL this past Saturday did an impression of Norma Desmond that was hilarious!