Immensa pietra miliare del dramma-noir che getta fango sul mito di Hollywood in una storia che conquista ogni minuto che passa.Sublime la regia di Wilder,sceneggiatura di una precisione matematica.Magnifica interpretazione luciferina della Swanson,ma anche Holden e Von Stroheim sono superbi.La passeggiata finale vale da sola la visione.Un Capolavoro con la C maiuscola.5*
A brillant Hollywood satire on how fame and money can swallow someone. Technically the light is great and it is very well shot. Swanson is just amazing playing an ex diva,and Wilder delivers his message to Hollywood helped by DeMille and Nancy Olson. But he made sure executives are not so represented,smart or cowardice?I let you judge it.
I thought The Player was one of the best movies made about Hollywood that I've ever seen, until I saw Sunset Boulevard. This is my second Billy Wilder film and I continue to be blown away by how ahead of his time he was in style of directing and screenwriting. If anything stood out for me, it was Gloria Swanson's acting and her character's descent in madness, that final scene gave me huge goosebumps. I have often seen that scene but of course having never watched the film I didn't know why it was so significant until now. Also, William Holden holds his own, great screen presence.
Eis uma crítica ao lado sombrio do ser humano e à indústria cinematográfica hollywoodiana (especialmente ao fato de como ela descarta seu passado rapidamente). E é, sobretudo, uma lição de cinema com personagens fracos e moralmente ambíguos, direção de arte luxuosa, cameos conhecidíssimos (Buster Keaton, Hedda Hepper, Cecil B. De Mille) e gravações em ambientes externos reais. Enfim, um clássico | Kamila Azevedo
I read a claim on here that this film is no longer relevant in 2012 and remains of interest only to 'film historians.' I disagree but I think part of the reason this movie endures in particular for cinema buffs is because at its core are two essential truths about the picture industry: 1.) fame is a fleeting and cruel mistress. And more importantly 2.) the invention of 'talkies' *did* in fact put a premature end to an artform that was still developing and was still creating works of importance around the globe. For all of its ugliness, "Sunset Boulevard" is a bittersweet ode to everything that was lost when silent cinema was abandoned by the studio system.
Unfortunately, I kind of agree with Mark down below. I enjoyed this film, the dialogue particularly - but I largely feel that this hasn't aged well. Don't get me wrong, I think it will always an enjoyable watch; but is this really that significant a film today, thematically? It wasn't necessarily head and shoulders above other noirs - and certainly not one of the greatest American films of all time in my opinion.