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Famed tale of Norma Desmond (Swanson), aging silent film queen, who refuses to accept that stardom has ended for her and hires young down-on-his-luck screenwriter Joe Gillis (Holden) to help engineer her movie comeback. The screenwriter, who becomes the actress' kept man, assumes he can manipulate her, but finds out otherwise. Reality was almost too close for comfort, as Swanson, von Stroheim (as her major domo Max), and others very nearly play themselves. A darkly humorous look at the legacy and loss of fame with witty dialog, stellar performances, and some now-classic scenes. Based on the story "A Can of Beans" by Brackett and Wilder.

Home Vision Cinema, c/o Image Entertainment, 20525 Nordhoff St., Ste. 200, Chatsworth, CA 91311, URL: http://www.homevision.com

Available on Running time 100 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Showbiz Dramas, Price of Fame, Film Noir, Behind the Scenes, Adapted from a Story, Femme Fatale, L.A.
Screenplay
Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, D.M. Marshman
Cast
Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Buster Keaton, Jack Webb, Cecil B. DeMille, Fred Clark
Cinematography
John Seitz
Director
Billy Wilder
Music
Franz Waxman
Producer
Charles Brackett, Paramount Pictures

Awards

Oscars 1950: Art Dir./Set Dec., B&W, Story & Screenplay, Orig. Dramatic Score; AFI 1998: Top 100; Golden Globes 1951: Actress--Drama (Swanson), Director (Wilder), Film--Drama, Score, Natl. Film Reg. 1989.

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