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Sunset Boulevard (Bilingual)

William Holden , Gloria Swanson , Billy Wilder    Unrated   DVD
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Billy Wilder's noir-comic classic about death and decay in Hollywood remains as pungent as ever in its power to provoke shock, laughter, and gasps of astonishment. Joe Gillis (William Holden), a broke and cynical young screenwriter, is attempting to ditch a pair of repo men late one afternoon when he pulls off L.A.'s storied Sunset Boulevard and into the driveway of a seedy mansion belonging to Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), a forgotten silent movie luminary whose brilliant acting career withered with the coming of talkies. The demented old movie queen lives in the past, assisted by her devoted (but intimidating) butler, Max (played by Erich von Stroheim, the legendary director of Greed and Swanson's own lost epic, Queen Kelly). Norma dreams of making a comeback in a remake of Salome to be directed by her old colleague Cecil B. DeMille (as himself), and Joe becomes her literary and romantic gigolo. Sunset Blvd. is one of those great movies that has become a part of popular culture (the line "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up," has entered the language)--but it's no relic. Wow, does it ever hold up. --Jim Emerson

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Boulevard du crépuscule (Sunset Boulevard ou Sunset Blvd.1) est un film noir américain, réalisé et coécrit par Billy Wilder, sorti sur les écrans en 1950, mêlant drame et humour noir. Il tire son nom du célèbre Sunset Boulevard, qui traverse Los Angeles et Beverly Hills, bordé de villas de vedettes hollywoodiennes. William Holden interprète le scénariste malchanceux Joe Gillis, et Gloria Swanson incarne Norma Desmond, une ancienne vedette du cinéma muet (comme elle), qui parvient à enfermer Gillis dans sa vie dominée par le fantasme d'un retour triomphant à l'écran. Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough et Jack Webb apparaissent dans des seconds rôles. Le réalisateur Cecil B. DeMille et la journaliste à scandales Hedda Hopper jouent leurs propres rôles, tandis qu'on peut voir une apparition fugace de vieilles stars du muet : Buster Keaton, H. B. Warner et Anna Q. Nilsson. Apprécié par la critique américaine à sa sortie, Boulevard du crépuscule obtient onze nominations aux Oscars du cinéma, et en remporte trois. Considéré depuis comme un classique, le film est parfois cité parmi les chefs-d'œuvre du cinéma américain. C'est ainsi qu'il a été considéré comme « culturellement significatif » par la Bibliothèque du Congrès en 1989 qui l'a inclus dans sa première sélection de films pour faire partie du National Film Registry et y être restauré. L'American Film Institute l'a, en outre, placé en douzième place de son Top 100, en 1998, puis en seizième place dans celui de 2007.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gloria Swanson fills the Silver Screen Sept. 30 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This Classic film is a real gem. William Holden, Gloria Swanson, and Erich von Stroheim shine in Billy Wilder's adaptation of Sunset Boulevard. A perfect movie for a rainy afternoon ... or when you need a healthy dose of CrAzY!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Aug. 21 2013
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Classic film, great performances, a great way to spend a weekend afternoon immersed in a well written, well acted drama.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A movie for lover of movies July 9 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
"Life which can be so minuscule had taken pity on Norma Desmond. The dream she had clung to so desperately had enfolded her."

Movie script writer Joe Gillis found him self in the sunset of his career. While escaping auto preprocessors, by accident or fait he turns into a driveway on Sunset Boulevard and begins a new chapter with a mysterious actress who is in the sunset of her career.

This play in three acts is packed with stars of the time. Many of the Stars and the writer reflect their real lives in the story. I am not going to bring up a list because they are fun to discover as they show up on the screen.

Even though the movie can hold its own and is worth re-watching, be sure to get a DVD with the audio commentary. The commentary helps you see what you are watching; it also covers the original beginning of the movie.

I have been tainted before viewing this movie by watching then Carol Burnet version.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect presentation of a perfect film Feb. 7 2003
This is one of the best American movies of all time, undoubtedly, and you won't be disappointed by this transfer to DVD: gorgeous, crisp black and white, with little pixelation.
I was slightly disappointed by the commentary track. The commentator, although knowledgeable in his subject, doesn't appreciate that most people watching the movie with commentary aren't seeing it for the first time. He will say things like, "And then Norma states a classic line," and will pause, and we wait to hear her say the classic line. Okay... but what's the point? This isn't the first time we've seen the movie, after all. I listen to commentaries to find out things I don't know, and in this respect the dvd is lacking.
Overall, though, every movie lover will want 'Sunset Boulevard' in his or her collection, and there is no reason to pass on this edition.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I watched "Sunset Boulevard" (1950) for the first time a few days ago, after a friend lent it to me. I am very grateful to him because otherwise I probably wouldn't have rented it, or at least not anytime soon. And truth to be told, this is the kind of movie that you simply should watch as soon as possible. From my point of view, "Sunset Boulevard" is, like "Casablanca" and "The Maltese falcon", a classic.

This film is directed by Billy Wilder, and narrated by a dead man that appears in one of the first scenes floating in a swimming pool. It sounds strange, doesn't it? Despite that, it is very effective! The opening sequence is strong, but things get better and better as the story goes on. Despite that, a word of caution is in order: if you don't like black humour, don't watch "Sunset Boulevard", because this satire of the perverse side of Hollywood has it in spades.

One of the main characters is Joe Gillis (William Holden), a screenwriter without money that happens to hide from his creditors in an old mansion that seems to be empty. That is unfortunately not the case... The mansion is no less than the home of Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), a rich woman that used to be a silent screen star, and that wants to be famous again. That appears to be the reason why she employs Joe to improve a very long script she has written for her comeback, and also the reason why she insists that Joe is to stay at her house in the meantime. Joe isn't fond of the idea of staying in the mansion with the old woman and her creepy butler, Max (Erich von Stroheim), but he has no money, so he has to accept. Joe Gillis is like a fly caught in a spider's web: from the moment he enters Norma's house he is doomed, he just doesn't know it yet.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SWANSON SHOULD HAVE WON THE ACADEMY AWARD July 16 2004
By A Customer
Swanson deserved the Academy Award for this picture. The ending shot alone shows this.
A superb film all the way around except for the casting of Nancy Olson. Inexplicably, Olson won a supporting actress nomination from the academy that year, but I fail to see why. Her character gets on my nerves, especially making goo eyes at William Holden. But this is just a little quirk I have.
The film succeeds brilliantly mainly because of Swanson. It has an effecting score, great cinematography and great acting from the principle characters (Olson notwithstanding).
You will not be disappointed with this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A oldie but a goody Jan. 7 2011
By ptilyn
A classic. If you ever heard the line " I'm ready for my close up Mr. Deville" and wondered what it meant or where it came from. It's the famous line said in this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FULL AND WIDE July 8 2004
While widescreen films date back as early as 1930 (The Bat Whispers), Sunset Boulvard is not a widescreen DVD because Sunset Boulevard is not a widescreen film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm shocked it didn't win Best Picture
Sunset Blvd. is often overlooked as first-tier Hollywood filmmaking in light of other classics such as Citizen Kane, Casablanca or It's a Wonderful Life. Read more
Published on July 5 2007 by Rob Larmer
5.0 out of 5 stars A supreme film: a ltrue andmark in the american cinema.
This movie belongs to the legend from its release. Never before Wilder got down to the deepest regions of the soul, like in this one. Read more
Published on June 4 2004 by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure Widescreen existed in 1950
In response to the reviewer who is complaining that this movie is "...only a fullscreen version" I would challenge them to find anything pre 1954-55 that was actually... Read more
Published on May 31 2004 by Mr. M. W. Davey
4.0 out of 5 stars Format is FULL SCREEN
I didn't notice when I bought Sunset Boulevard on dvd, but am sure other cinephiles would like to know that, this is a full screen version of the film. Read more
Published on May 19 2004 by A
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Tinseltown classic
Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich von Stroheim are all stellar in their performances in Billy Wilder's superb microcosm of a decadent Hollywood, "Sunset... Read more
Published on May 16 2004 by Cory D. Slipman
5.0 out of 5 stars Holds Up Beautifully
It's always been fashionable to believe that the old Hollywood films were greatly superior to those of today. Read more
Published on April 28 2004 by Inspector2211
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