David Lynch Selects
dir. Billy Wilder, US, 1950, DCP, b/w, 110 min.
“I want to live in this world” – David Lynch
Billy Wilder’s Academy Award winning Sunset Boulevard
is perhaps the greatest film about the motion picture industry ever made. A
film noir set in the center of the dream factory, Sunset Boulevard uses our
fascination with Hollywood scandals to tell a dark tale of murder, deception
and fading glory. The tragic figure of aging silent film star Norman Desmond is
played to perfection by Gloria Swanson and the film includes cameos from such
film greats as Cecile B. DeMille and Buster Keaton. Few films have achieved such iconic status in
the history of cinema; Sunset Boulevard endures as a true classic.