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...
Scarface and Double Indemnity: The Corporate Loss of American Morality College
The 1920’s and 1940’s were economic boom periods in American history; in the 20’s this was due to the rapid growth of investment in consumer economics, in the 40’s it was due to the increased industrial production demanded to fight world war two,...
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...
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...