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There's nothing tragic about being fifty. Not unless you're trying to be twenty-five

    TIRED OLD QUEEN AT THE MOVIES 



Billy Wilder takes a sardonic look at Hollywood's past in the classic Sunset Boulevard (1950).

The film stars William Holden, Nancy Olsen, Erich Von Stroheim and in the greatest comeback in motion picture history, Gloria Swanson as silent screen star Norma Desmond. Based on an Oscar winning original screenplay by Wilder and writing partner Charles Bracket, it tells the story of a down and out Hollywood screenwriter taken in by a faded silent star. Eventually, he finds himself trapped in her web of memories, money, sex and disillusionment. It's a gritty look at the motion picture industry that's as true today as the when it was made. A business that takes talented people, builds them up, puts them pedestals, then tosses them aside and forgets them once their talent and box office appeal have been used up. Sunset Boulevard is fascinating, frustrating, funny and fragile. It's not a pretty picture, but just try and look away. Steve Hayes


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