Sunset Boulevard ★★★★

D: Billy Wilder. Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Jack Webb, Hedda Hopper, Buster Keaton, Cecil B. DeMille, Anna Q. Nilsson. Legendary Hollywood black comedy about faded silent-film star Norma Desmond (Swanson), living in the past with butler (von Stroheim), who shelters hack screenwriter (Holden) as boyfriend. Bitter, funny, fascinating; Gloria’s tour de force. Oscar winner for Best Screenplay (Wilder, Charles Brackett, D.M. Marshman, Jr.), Score (Franz Waxman), and Art Direction–Set Decoration. Later a Broadway musical.