Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Mr. DeMille, I'm Ready for My Close-Up

In this classic scene, Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) gives her final performance as she descends into madness.

Directed by Billy Wilder.

Released in 1950 by Paramount.

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  • primary-genre: Classics
  • primary-genre: Drama
  • secondary-genre: Classics
  • secondary-genre: Classic Dramas
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  • mood: Creepy
  • prop: Stairs
  • prop: Camera
  • prop: Light
  • setting: Stairs
  • theme: Obsession
  • theme: Madness
  • theme: Disillusionment
  • actor: Gloria Swanson
  • actor: Erich von Stroheim
  • director: Billy Wilder
  • producer: Charles Brackett
  • cinematographer: John F. Seitz
  • composer: Franz Waxman
  • editor: Doane Harrison
  • editor: Arthur P. Schmidt
  • costume-designer: Edith Head
  • role-name: Max Von Mayerling
  • role-name: Norma Desmond
  • screenwriter: D.M. Marshman Jr.
  • screenwriter: Charles Brackett
  • screenwriter: Billy Wilder
  • year: 1950
  • studio: Paramount