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1h 46min
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Synopsis:
Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, an ageing silent film queen, and William Holden as the struggling writer who is held in thrall by her madness, created two of the screen's most memorable characters in Sunset Boulevard. Winner of three Academy Awards, director Billy Wilder's orchestration of the bizarre tale is a true cinematic classic. From the unforgettable opening sequence through the inevitable unfolding of tragic destiny, the film is the definitive statement on the dark and desperate side of Hollywood. Erich von Stroheim as Desmond's discoverer, ex-husband and butler, and Nancy Olson as the bright spot in unrelenting ominousness, are equally celebrated for their masterful performances.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Charles Brackett
Writers:
Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder
Others:
John Meehan, Arthur Schmidt, Ray Moyer, Sam Comer, Franz Waxman, John F. Seitz, Doane Harrison, Hans Dreier, D. M. Marshman Jr.
Studio:
Paramount
Genres:
Classics, Drama
Awards:

1951 Oscar Best Art Direction Black and White

1951 Oscar Best Dramatic or Comedy Score

1951 Oscar Best Writing Story and Screenplay

BBFC:
Release Date:
07/04/2003
Run Time:
106 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Commentary by Ed Sikov
  • The making of Sunset Boulevard
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Hollywood location map
  • Photo galleries
  • Original Morgue prologue script pages
  • Edith Head - The Paramount years featurette
  • The music of Sunset Boulevard featurette
BBFC:
Release Date:
25/03/2013
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles:
English, English Hard of Hearing, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Sunset Boulevard: The Beginning
  • Sunset Boulevard: A Look Back
  • The Noir Side of Sunset Boulevard
  • Sunset Boulevard Becomes a Classic
  • Two Sides of Ms. Swanson
  • Stories of Sunset Boulevard
  • Mad About the Boy: A Portrait of William Holden
  • Recording Sunset Boulevard
  • The City of Sunset Boulevard
  • Franz Waxman and the Music of Sunset Boulevard
  • Morgue Prologue Script Pages (HD)
  • Deleted Scene (HD)
  • Hollywood Location Map
  • Behind the Gates: The Lot
  • Edith Head: The Paramount Years
  • Paramount in the '50s
  • Galleries
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD)

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Reviews (1) of Sunset Boulevard

'All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up' - Sunset Boulevard review by Victoria Sutton

Spoiler Alert
01/09/2008

I was expecting big things from this picture and it delivered! I instantly loved the direct opening, very film noir. There are some killer scenes, most of which contain Glora Swanson, who commanded every scene she watched, she was incredibly believable and a quote that sums her character up is ‘I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.’ Her character was very complex; I went from despising her to pitying her. The lighting was beautiful and played a key role in making Norma Desmond’s (Glora Swanson) mansion a character in itself. This film is a classic to be watched by film lovers of all ages, I want to watch it again now!

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