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Billy Wilder United States, 1950

Adam Whybray's rating of the film Sunset Blvd.

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.