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DisneyStitch's avatar


Probably my favorite noir film. So many of the scenes are so classically dark and spooky it almost makes you shiver. It almost didn't get made because it attacked the culture of Hollywood and its stars. It's amazing that many of the themes of ego and self-worth are just as relevant in the movie industry today as they were when it was made. Gloria Swanson gives a chilling performance that is downright scary and William Holden with Erich von Stroheim rounding out a stellar cast.

Another amazing side story of this movie was just how closely the movie script matched the actors and the real life situations they had been through. Holden plays a struggling writer and in reality was at his wits end as a career actor. Swanson was a faded star at that point and had effectively left her movie career behind with many of her mannerisms and extreme behavior matching her character. Even DeMille who plays himself had directed Swanson numerous times at Paramount and even referred to Norma Desmond in the movie as "young fella" which was the same nickname he always called Swanson. In my years of watching cinema I've never come across a movie that mirrored the life behind the actors so completely, no doubt it is a factor in the wild success and quality of the movie.
7 years 11 months ago
ThePublicEnemy's avatar


I wasn't expecting the film to be this good, pleasant surprise! Almost seemed modern at times with its frank references to murder and suicide.
11 years 3 months ago
creole's avatar


For a movie from the 50's it's immensely creepy in a subtle way. Not many modern movies can emulate this style.
9 years 11 months ago
DynatiaCydonia's avatar


Didn't really expect something from this movie, I was just curious to know why it was so high rated... now I know.
12 years 7 months ago
nicolino's avatar


amazing acting, I really liked this metatheatrical and self-referring noir.
10 years 1 month ago
idjutt's avatar


I must admit that apart from Hitchkock and Welles I have been avoiding classical Hollywood for the longest, but after watching three of Billy Wilder's movies there's no denial it was also a place for true cinema, not only mindless blockbusters. This is my favorite so far of Wilder's oeuvre, but I will sure check out the rest.
10 years 2 months ago
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9 years 10 months ago
KaramAkerfeldt's avatar


How can something be so perfect?
10 years ago
Public Enemy's avatar

Public Enemy

Not everyone likes the same thing!!??? Shocking!
12 years 8 months ago
vmunda's avatar


I am overwhelmed.
10 years ago
arminko47's avatar


Great performance by Gloria Swanson.
10 years 5 months ago
Let The Flames Begin's avatar

Let The Flames Begin

Saw the musical first, it totally blew me away. After that, I saw the movie and it is equally great, but in a different way. It is so haunting.
11 years 1 month ago
krisflushednemo's avatar


Gloria Swanson fucking OWNED this movie.
11 years 6 months ago
buteberry's avatar


Extraordinary. Fascinating.
4 years 11 months ago
nick-samuel's avatar


Did anyone else seem to think that the Artists aped a lot it's aesthetics from this? Billy Wilder is THE man.
8 years 11 months ago

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