Rarely do you find a motion picture that so completely captures a culture’s fascination with celebrity, celluloid and, ultimately, the shared darkness in which these dreams fester. Sunset Boulevard, made during the height of Hollywood’s enduring hold on our collective imagination, would likely have a difficult time finding a brave studio willing to roll the dice on its chances for success today.
But succeed it did! Sunset Boulevard remains one of the most enduring and spellbinding motion pictures ever made. Initially conceived as a comedy about a has-been actress making a comeback to the big screen, Sunset Boulevard very quickly evolves into an eiree dream-like world where it becomes difficult to distinguish reality from fantasy.