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Billy Wilder United States, 1950

A.B. II: The Return's rating of the film Sunset Blvd.

While I can't honestly say this is Billy Wilder's greatest work (it relies more on narration than visual storytelling, and Swanson is ridiculously over-the-top), I find myself liking it more and more with each viewing. Wilder crafts a world rich in noir intrigue, and it's also a deliciously cynical examination of Hollywood. Even if I do find the narration overused, I admit I enjoy listening to it.