Summer of Noir: Sunset Boulevard

This is good. In this one William Holden plays a failed screen writer, Joe, living with a former movie star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). The movie opens with Holden lying dead in the pool narrating the story.

As the movie progresses Norma descends into jealously and madness. Her dreams of a comeback die. Joe starts to develop feelings for another woman. The acting is good.

The movie probably works better if you aren’t familiar with the musical. At times I was expecting the songs that wouldn’t come. (I think I still have the cast recording CD.)

So perhaps, I might not see the movie again. For a more full review, see Roger Ebert’s review.


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