This film really is a piece of cinematic history. It's very melancholy and gripping to see Gloria Swanson play a washed-up silent film star. And she is truly amazing at her role. Holden acts more as a a device and a narrator to Swanson's acting, but he holds his own. The only problem I have is the relationship between him and Betty Schaefer; it takes a turn much to quickly. Otherwise, a truly great film.