Sunset Boulevard ★★★★★

Quite possibly the definitive movie about movies, Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard is a blistering study on how the dream machine can turn into a toxic nightmare of broken and failed ambitions, and how even attaining fame within it can be fleeting, easily lost and leave you broken.

The fact that famous faces play themselves and that Gloria Swanson and Erich Von Stroheim are playing variations of their actual selves makes it a dazzlingly dark slice of fourth wall breaking story telling, building itself up to one hell of a final and iconic scene.

Cynicism positively bleeds from every scene and frame of it and is all the better for it.

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