Behind The Scenes: Sunset Blvd (1950)

[after hearing that Norma Desmond has come to see DeMille]
First assistant director: “I can tell her you’re all tied up in the projection room. I can give her the brush.”
Cecil B. DeMille: “Thirty million fans have given her the brush. Isn’t that enough?”

A huge thank you to Quint for his continuing Behind the Scenes series over at Ain’t It Cool News. I first saw the amazing Sunset Blvd. in my Drama III class back in High School and much like Quint I was totally sucked into the movie from the opening…which I won’t spoil in case you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing it for yourself. But in brief it deals with Joe Gillis (Holden) a writer who writes a screenplay for a once legendary silent film star, Norma Desmond (Swanson).

Sunset Blvd. was helmed and written by the late and great Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot), Gloria Swanson (Beyond The Rocks), William Holden (The Wild Bunch), Erich von Stroheim (Greed), and Jack Webb (Dragnet). Stroheim and Swanson worked together before in 1929’s Queen Kelly, though their partnership in the film as director and actress didn’t end well for that production, a clip from the movie is seen in Sunset Blvd, suggest by Stroheim for it’s irony.


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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