Sunset Boulevard ★★★★

"There's nothing tragic about being 50, not unless you try to be 25."

As someone who has depression, it was a bit difficult to watch Norma's actions and downward spiral. That being said, Sunset Boulevard was engaging to watch even if the ending/frame narrative isn't as shocking as it might have been 60 years ago. The meta element was probably my favorite aspect - Cecil B. DeMille as Cecil B. DeMille!? Metatextual elements are a huge part of media today and it was very intriguing to see this predecessor. The scenes on the Paramount lot in particular reminded me of a darker, dramatic version of Hail, Caesar!, though obviously chronologically it's the other way around. The directors of the Weimar Republic are all extremely talented and it is easy to see with this late period noir why Billy Wilder was so successful in Hollywood.

P.S. Joe should've ran away with Betty directly from the Paramount lot.

Film screened online at FandangoNOW. Seen by myself.

Film was a required text in WST 3335: Gender Analysis in American Film with Dr. Carolyn Kelley at the University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women's Studies Research, Spring 2017. I took this course as part of my minor in Women's Studies.

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