4.5 stars. It would be blinkered to argue that 'Sunset Boulevard' is the last word on Golden Hollywood, but it sure scrapes off some of that tarnish. I'd forgotten how cruel it is - but also how vampish; how delectable. It's also effectively a three-person chamber piece, which makes for a very curious kind of noir. Mesmerising and velvety.
One of those classic films you're likely to see parodied in pop culture before viewing the film itself. An interesting Gothic portrayal of a wealthy, crazed, has-been movie star and the lovers and servants orbiting her life. Highly recommended for it's cultural influence alone, and the influence is probably well deserved.