Sunset Boulevard details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Cecil B. DeM, Erich Von Stroheim, William Holden, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Gloria Swanson, Jack Warden, Buster Keaton, Cecil B. DeMille|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Collections:||American Film Institute's top 100|
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Apr 2003|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Excellent Hollywood ExposeBy K Chawgo from London, England , 18 Jul 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Wilder directs a fantastic film about the evils of Hollywood. Holden, Swanson and Olsen give iconic performances. The film displays the way Hollywood can shine in the heat of the glory one minute but once the spotlights dim, how you can be left in the cold. The script is sharp and witty with plenty of classic lines that are often repeated. The disc comes with excellent extras which include three good documentaries detailing the making, costumes and music. If your a fan of this film, the extas alone make this one to rent. If you have never seen this film, I suggest you see this and enjoy.
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Compelling, beautifully shot and hugely controversial at the timeBy Bassman71 (696 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 30 Oct 2013Struggling script writer, has script turned down, repo men after him, tyre blows on car so pulls into abandoned mansion, mansion isnt abandoned. Compelling, beautifully shot and hugely controversial at the time Hollywood great with bags of charisma and charm. William Holden, looking every bit the film star, plays off has-been diva Gloria Swanson brilliantly as she commands the screen with an extraordinary performance in both look and delivery and strong support from the stunning Nancy Olson and deadpan Erich von Stroheim. It moves along at a decent pace with lavish sets, impressive cinematography and a memorable score from Franz Waxman coming together in this stunning cinema spectacle.
Painted SunsetsBy droog (56 reviews) from Lingfield,Surrey , 18 Jul 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]The downside of being a 'celebrity' is that, when one's allure subsides, there are only the delusions left from which to seek comfort. The damage which resulted in feeding these delusions of greatness can reach to the edges of insanity.
Norma Desmond, a silent film star, is perfectly convinced that she can make a comeback with the aid of her butler,Max,her first husband and the director who made her a star. Thus we have silent star and director played by themselves (Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim). Whilst they can live on past glories showing their old films all the time, Norma's illusions can be fed, but, when a movie writer, Joe Gillis, comes into their lives when he takes refuge into the Desmond house on Sunset Boulevard,there is a chance that Norma's mad fantasies could be realized with Joe writing the comeback script.
Joe is content for awhile to live in the house although he knows that her comeback picture will never be made,'the cameras will never turn'.Norma is very demanding in that she refuses to let Joe live his own life and eventually,he rebels taking her old car out to co-write a script of his own with the aid of a fellow writer,also down on her luck. The tragedy was that J oe's 'rebellion' led to tragedy,which was probably inevitable.
There were some terrific set pieces - a party when Swanson played one of Sennett's bathing beauties and, of course,with a glued on moustache, Chaplin. There was a whole orchestra hired for two dancers. The telling scenes,however,are those at the studio where Cecil B. De Mille is making a picture; he indulges her because of their mutual past but he had moved on and she had not, It was heart-rending to a certain extent but she had grown to believe her own delusions : the famous line, 'I'm big, it's the pictures that got small.' reflected this.
Hollywood was depicted as the dream factory whose incumbents often believed their own hype. There was a little vignette near the end when Hedda Hopper. the doyenne of gossip writers, files copy from Norma's bedroom believing that what she did was important. However, as Billy Wilder asserted in this pungent and bitter satire on his own milieu, the dream often became a nightmare.
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Good but not amazing!By MzBizkitz (67 reviews) , 21 Apr 2013I can understand why it's a classic, it's a very novel idea for a film. However I think, for me, it just doesn't tick all the right boxes. Something missing that I couldn't put my finger on. It is good though but for me just not 'great'.
A REAL "TURKEY"By Burnhamite (407 reviews) from BURNHAM , 17 Mar 2013Fifty or sixty years ago some real masterpieces were brought to the silver screen and will last forever. Sadly 'Sunset Boulevard' is not one of them! Gloria Swanson and William Holden are wooden, the script is as boring as the story and hopefully the movie is put into Room 101
Essential Viewing.By a customer , 03 Sep 2012I'd long been aware of this film and its status among classic films but never caught it in its entirely. Now I have and I am pleased. It is a wonderful piece. More complex than the critic's review might suggest it is nevertheless essentially a black comedy about the insanity of tinseltown.