Sunset Boulevard

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Sunset Boulevard tells a story of a once famous silent film star – Norma Desmond. Joe Gillis winds up in her garage after being chased down by a couple men angry with him and his car breaking down. As a script writer turned down in Hollywood, ending up in a former Hollywood star’s home seems like the best of luck given his situation. Turns out he becomes trapped there in a sense, with no car and a new job opportunity to make a comeback for Ms. Desmond with a horrible script he revises. With his extreme sarcastic comments throughout the movie it becomes ironically comical that he ended up dying in the end due to this senile woman wrapped up in herself and her past shooting him in the back, landing in her pool. A dead man telling the story of how he got himself in such a sticky situation kept me engaged the whole time.

“Still waving proudly at a parade that’s long passed her by”

Joe Gillis portrayed a character that was also cliche in the same sense Norma Desmond was. Betty stated during the scene on an empty street: “It’s that old familiar story, you help a timid little soul across a crowded street. She turns out to be a multimillionaire and leaves you all her money.”

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One thought on “Sunset Boulevard

  1. I agree with you, the fact that a dead man is telling his story makes the movie even more interesting. For me, the most important essence of the movie was, indeed, the sarcasm. The whole movie is a persiflage of the classical Hollywood, with Gillis being a contrast to the regular “heroes”. I did not remember that Betty stated during the scene on an empty street: “It’s that old familiar story, you help a timid little soul across a crowded street. She turns out to be a multimillionaire and leaves you all her money.” You did a really good observation, because it proves this point once again: Making fun of the whole plot within the plot!

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