Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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Sunset Boulevard is a 110-running motion picture noir from America, released in 1950. The movie was produced by Charles Brackett, an American screenwriter, novelist, and movie producer. An Austrian-born American screenwriter, filmmaker, producer, actor and journalist, Billy Wilder, directed the movie. Brackett and Wilder also performed as a screenwriter of the movie with other American screenwriter, D. M. Marshman, Jr. The movie was named after the avenue that extends from Los Angeles to Beverly Hills in California.
The renowned film celebrities, William Holden, an American performer, played as Joe Gillis, a fruitless screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson, an American singer, actress and producer, played as Norma Desmond, a faded unspoken film celebrity who draws Joe Gillis into her dream world where she dreams of constructing a successful return to the screen, and Erich von Stroheim, an Austrian actor, director and producer, played as Max Von Mayerling, the dedicated servant of Norma Desmond. The Sunset Boulevard movie includes small part appearances by top silent movie actors H. B. Warner, Buster Keaton, and Anna Q. Nilsson.
The Sunset Boulevard movie was praised by several critics when it is first released, and it is widely acknowledged as a classic, regularly cited as one among the greatest movies of American movies. The U.S. Library of Congress considered the movie cultural, historical, or aesthetic significant during 1989. The movie was incorporated in the first group of movies chosen for conservation in the National Film Registry. During 1998, it occupied the 12th position on the list of the 100 top American movies of the 20th century of the American Film Institute, and it was in the 16th position on their 10th Centenary list during 2007.
Background of the movie
The avenue called Sunset Boulevard has been linked with Hollywood movie creation since 1911, when the first movie studio in the town was opened. The movie workers lived reasonably in the growing area, but salaries and profits rose to extraordinary levels during the 1920s. With the arrival of the celebrity system, comfortable homes renowned for their often incongruous splendor were constructed in the neighborhood. The celebrities were the topic of public charm all through the world because newspapers and magazines reported the surpluses of their lives.
Billy Wilder, who was living as a young man in Berlin during the 1920s, he was interested in American background, with much of his curiosity fueled by the movies of the country. During the late 1940s, several of the majestic Hollywood homes remained, and Wilder, who was a resident of Los Angeles during that period, found them to be a component of his daily world. Several former celebrities from the silent period still existed in them, even though most celebrities were no longer concerned with the movie business. Wilder started imagining the story of a celebrity who had lost her box-office and celebrity appeal.
The role of Norma Desmond in the Sunset Boulevard movie reflects aspects of the sunset years of numerous real-life faded silent movie celebrities, such as the isolated existence of Mary Pickford, a Canadian-American film actress, and the psychological disorders of American actresses, Clara Bow, and Mae Murray. The movie is generally considered as a fictional fused inspired by a number of different people, not just a finely disguised representation of one in scrupulous, but some critics have made claims for particular models. The most widespread analysis of the name of the character is that it is a mixture of the names of Mabel Normand, silent movie actress and William Desmond Taylor, the director and a close companion of Normand who was killed during 1922 in a never-resolved case exaggerated by the press.
Nominations and awards
The Sunset Boulevard movie was nominated for several awards in many categories and won many awards in different categories. Some of the notable wins and nominations of the movie include:
The movie won three 1951 Academy Awards for the Best Writing, Best Art Direction, and Best Music categories.
It was nominated for the 1951 Oscar awards for the Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actress in a Leading Role, and Best Actor in supporting Role, Best Actress in supporting Role, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing categories.