The Cloberth‘ Today’s Memory
Premiere of Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard
Originally shared by The Cloberth
“I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.”
Madame is the greatest star of them all.
Sunset Boulevard premiered on this date in 1950.
Written and directed by Billy Wilder.
Starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, and Erich von Stroheim.
Appearances by Cecil B. DeMille, Hedda Hopper, and Buster Keaton.
Film score by Franz Waxman.
Sunset Boulevard was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, and won 3:
Best Writing, Story and Screenplay (Wilder, Charles Brackett, and D. M. Marshman, Jr.)
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Black-and-White)
Best Music (Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) (Waxman)
It earned 4 Golden Globes, for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Motion Picture Actress (Swanson), Best Motion Picture Director and Best Motion Picture Score.
Sunset Boulevard is # 16 on AFI’s list AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies, and is # 16 on AFI’s 100 Years of Film Scores.
1950 New York Times review:
Sunset Boulevard Original Theatrical trailer: