Bitter, funny, fascinating, and a late-career tour de force for Gloria Swanson, SUNSET BOULEVARD is the legendary Hollywood black comedy about faded silent-film star Norma Desmond, living in the past with her loyal butler (Erich von Stroheim), who shelters her and smothers a hack screenwriter (William Holden), who becomes her kept man.
Black comedy, yes. But also a solid film noir. Great performances by Swanson and Holden. A punchy and quotable script from director Billy Wilder. Who doesn't know "I'm ready for my closeup" and "I am big. It's the pictures that got small."? If you haven't seen it, RUN out and get a copy.
Below is a clip of the movie's opening scene: