Poor broke and unemployed screenwriter Joe Gillis can’t win in this 1950 drama. When Joe desperately tries to escape repo men out to repossess his car, he ducks into the driveway of an old Gothic mansion on Sunset Bouevard.  That move places Joe under the spell of a one-time silent movie queen, Norma Desmond.  And their relationship will lead to unlucky Joe lying dead and facedown in Norma’s opulent swimming pool. The movie starred William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim. There were 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay.

Sunset Boulevard poster 3-31-2013

Advertisements