Billy Wilder Essays
The (Not-So) Good Girls of Film Noir College
Common in film noir are the binary oppositions between characters’ personalities and the visually mesmerizing images which often explode on-screen before the eyes of the audience. The high key lighting of a beautiful countryside, the low key...
Sunset Boulevard Sequence Analysis: Norma Desmond’s Final Scene College
In Billy Wilder’s 1950 film Sunset Boulevard, Gloria Swanson plays a former silent film star named Norma Desmond who lives as a wealthy recluse in order to protect herself from the truth of her irrelevance in the public eye. In the film’s first...
Sunset Boulevard: A Fresh Avenue for a Familiar Genre College
Sunset Boulevard: A Fresh Avenue for a Familiar Genre
In Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic Sunset Boulevard, an unwitting male protagonist, played by William Holden, falls into the grips of (and is eventually murdered by) a dangerous and scheming former...