Get ready for your close-up! Director Billy Wilder created one of his most enduring masterpieces in this dark, glittering poison pen letter to all things Hollywood, told in flashback by murdered screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden), whose final job is playing paid companion to egocentric, aging silent film goddess Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). When he takes a job helping her clean up a screenplay of Salome, a dangerous relationship develops inside the gates of her decaying Sunset Boulevard estate.
With Eric Von Stroheim, Buster Keaton, Cecil B. DeMille, Hedda Hopper, Nancy Olson, Jack Webb and more.
Academy Award Winner for Best Screenplay (Wilder, Charles Brackett and D.M. Marshman Jr.) and Score (Franz Waxman). The original Schwab’s drugstore figures prominently in the film, as do Paramount Studios and the still-standing Alto Nido apartments.
1950, Paramount, 110 min, USA, Dir: Billy Wilder