“It’s the pictures that got small.” “Without me, there wouldn’t be any Paramount studio.” “Allright, Mr. DeMille; I’m ready for my close-up.”
Fellow classic film enthusiasts from coast-to-coast will be interested in an upcoming re-release of one of the definitive Billy Wilder film classics.
Turner Classic Movies’ “Big Screen Classics” series: “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)
Turner Classic Movies, in conjunction with Paramount Pictures and Fathom Events will present the coast-to-coast revival screening of Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) in select cinemas on Sun., May 13 (Mother’s Day) with an encore screening on Wed., May 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time). This is part of the network’s “Big Screen Classics” series of vintage feature film revival presentations.
The screenplay for “Sunset Boulevard” was written by Wilder, Charles Brackett and D.M. Marshman Jr.
The TCM “Big Screen Classics” showcase of Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) will also feature pre-recorded opening introduction and closing conclusion segments by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
Who was in “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)?
The players/personalities who appeared in Wilder’s classic were Gloria Swanson (as Norma Desmond), William Holden (as Joe Gillis), Erich von Stroheim (as Max von Mayerling), Nancy Olson (as Betty Schaefer), Jack Webb (of “Dragnet” fame, as Artie Green), Cecil B. DeMille (as himself), Hedda Hopper (as herself), Buster Keaton (as himself), Anna Q. Nilsson (as herself), H.B. Warner (as himself), Ray Evans (as himself), Jay Livingston (as himself), Fred Clark (as Sheldrake), Franklyn Farnum (as the undertaker), Robert Emmett O’Connor (in an uncredited role as Paramount studio guard Jonesy) and John Cortay (in an uncredited role as Paramount studio guard Mac).
Winner of three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes
Billy Wilder’s feature won three Academy Awards in 1951 for best writing, story and screenplay (Wilder, Brackett and the junior Marshman); best art direction/set decoration for a black-and-white feature film (Hans Dreier, John Meehan, Sam Comer and Ray Moyer) and best music score of a dramatic or comedy feature (Franz Waxman).
Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” was also honored with three 1951 Golden Globe awards for best performance by an actress in a dramatic motion picture (Gloria Swanson), best motion picture director (Billy Wilder) and best original motion picture score (Franz Waxman).