Sunset Blvd.: Forgetting to be forgotten

I’ve fallen way behind, so my memories of this one are more fragmentary than I’d like. Things I particularly liked were the characterization of Max, getting to see a young pre-Dragnet Jack Webb, and of course the absolutely brutal pathos of the final scene. I was remined, not entirely surprisingly, of a similar scene in A Streetcar Named Desire: the pathos works here too. But Sunset Blvd. isn’t tonally the same throughout: there’s a bleakness and a superficiality throughout, and a sense of impending doom (somewhat bolstered by the fact that we know from the first scene that William Holden is going to end up dead in the pool). It’s well-done, bleakly humorous and hitting the right ewmotional notes. And, surprisingly for a Hollywood film about Hollywood films, it doesn’t come across as self-indulgent.

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

One Response to Sunset Blvd.: Forgetting to be forgotten

  1. fmi_agent says:

    i saw that movie a few years back. liked it well enough. i found the scene with cecil b. de mille to be entertaining and sad both.

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