Classic Cinema Capsules: “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)

A has-been ensnares a never-been in the sunset of her career. And while the doors have no locks, Joe Gillis finds himself very much trapped in her orbit. The first twist is that Norma Desmond is actually using Joe, not the other way around. The second twist is in Max’s reveal, which shows that stars may fade over time, but they never lose their gravitational pull. Billy Wilder successful creates an atmosphere of dread while Gloria Swanson proves herself worthy of a close-up in a necessarily over-the-top performance. A tremendous film.


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