Sunday, 13 November 2011

Film Noir

Sunset Boulevard (1950) - Film Noir

Is a story about a actress who falls in love with a younger writer who’s cross paths in coincidence, which ends fatally, the actress is forever chasing a dream of acting in a script she/they wrote together but the film industry Paramount in this case had no interest in shooting.

The film is shoot in a semi dilapidated mansion in Hollywood, the house was full of riches from "yesteryears" the set was luxurious which reflects the former actress, the goods where bought in her prime and over the ages begin to show their age, the items which are in the house remind the actress of her former glory and has a butler which keeps feeding her the lifestyle she desires.

Looking into the set the backdrop displays the torture in which the actress is living through, the mansion exterior in the early scenes is run down and in disrepair during the duration of the film the Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) the mansion begins to show it life again with the swimming pool being reused and scenes begin to be placed outside the house as the actress grows in confidence with her new lover, however as Joe Gillis (William Holden) begins to change his mind and falls for another lady the scenes once again begin to stay internal to the house with the dark heavy interior displaying the feelings of the characters.

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