Quotations from Sunset Blvd.
Sunset Blvd. is a drama film-noir movie that follows the life of two silent film workers who try to make a comeback in talkies. The film follows the lives of Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter, and Norma Desmond, a silent movie star who can't seem to break into talkies. The screenwriter attempts to write a screenplay for the actress. This film is written as a flashback after the murder of Joe Gillis. Directed by Billy Wilder. Starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, and Nancy Olsen.
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Sunset Blvd. is preserved in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The movie is also listed as one of the best American films in history. It was nomianted for eleven Oscar awards, winning three, including Best Writing and Best Music. Continue reading for some quotes from the film Sunset Blvd..
Joe Gillis: Yes, this is Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California. It's about 5 0'clock in the morning. That's the homicide squad, complete with detectives and newspaper men.
Betty Schaefer: Don't you sometimes hate yourself?
Joe Gillis: Constantly.
Joe Gillis: [sarcastically] They'll love it in Pomona.
Norma Desmond: They'll love it everyplace.
[Norma threatens suicide again]
Joe Gillis: Oh, wake up, Norma, you'd be killing yourself to an empty house. The audience left twenty years ago.
Joe Gillis: May I say that you smell really special?
Betty Schaefer: It must be my new shampoo.
Joe Gillis: That's no shampoo. It's more like freshly-laundered linen handkerchiefs, like a brand new automobile.
[after hearing that Norma Desmond has come to see DeMille]
First assistant director: I can tell her you're all tied up in the projection room. I can give her the brush.
Cecil B. DeMille: Thirty million fans have given her the brush. Isn't that enough?
[the salesman thinks Joe is a gigolo]
Salesman: [whispering in Joe's ear] As long as the lady is paying for it, why not take the Vicuna?
Joe Gillis: [narrating] How could she breathe in that house full of Norma Desmonds? Around every corner, Norma Desmonds... more Norma Desmonds... and still more Norma Desmonds.
Joe Gillis: So they were turning after all, those cameras. Life, which can be strangely merciful, had taken pity on Norma Desmond. The dream she had clung to so desperately had enfolded her.
Norma Desmond: [to newsreel camera] And I promise you I'll never desert you again because after 'Salome' we'll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.
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