Thursday, October 03, 2013

31 Weird Tales: Sunset Boulevard

Maybe not first to come to mind at the phrase "horror film", but Billy Wilder's magnificent, black hearted gem only grows in my affection with each passing year. Bleak, funny, and mad it's still the best movie Hollywood ever made about itself. Gloria Swanson is amazing, but attention must be paid to William Holden's equally impressive performance. Playing yet another of director Billy Wilder's men who find out they're not nearly smart and on top as they think they are, Holden gives himself to the shambles of Joe Gillis without apology or looking for forgiveness. There is none in Desmond's decaying palace and the film lingers on long after the iconic fade out. 

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