Sunset Boulevard ★★★★★

Billy Wilder’s acerbic condemning of Hollywood life is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that exposes and shatters Hollywood mythology, image protection and the studio system. It’s bewildering how a film that takes such a cynical view towards the film industry was able to be created, let alone released in the strict and heavily-censored fifties. The director’s bold approach is only surpassed by the quality of his two leads. Gloria Swanson and William Holden are both phenomenal here. I try not to throw this word around too often, but this is unmissable cinema.

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