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12,486 Ratings

Sunset Blvd.

Directed by Billy Wilder
United States, 1950
Drama, Crime, Film noir


In Hollywood of the 50’s, the obscure screenplay writer Joe Gillis is not able to sell his work to the studios, is full of debts and is thinking in returning to his hometown. He is hired to rework a faded silent film star’s script, only to find himself developing a dangerous relationship.

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Sunset Blvd. Directed by Billy Wilder

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1951 | 8 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

1951 | 3 wins including: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

Critics reviews

With cameos from silent-film stars, an enduring scene with Cecil B. DeMille himself, a piquant script and impeccable photography and authority, Wilder’s tawdry tale of egomania in a world now forgotten remains unrivaled in its perfected disillusionment and melodrama.
January 04, 2017
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Beauty may become a more subjective term in the face of Sunset Boulevard, but it’s no less a masterpiece than von Stroheim’s film [Queen Kelly], and when Wilder catches Olson at just the right angle, and just the right light, the two films share a common beauty. More importantly, it becomes clear that those artists with propensities for great beauty and greater insight see beyond both technical innovations and limitations, and are never in need of a close-up to validate their abilities.
November 06, 2012
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Drenched in cynicism, Billy Wilder’s SUNSET BOULEVARD ranks up there with Robert Altman’s THE PLAYER and David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DR. as one of the best critiques of Hollywood’s toxic narcissism and cruelty.
June 22, 2012
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