“Queen Kelly” from 1932; Norma and Max’s Only Film Together

When I first read the IMDb page for Sunset Boulevard, I was intrigued to learn that all the silent film memorabilia for Norma Desmond in the movie actually belonged to Gloria Swanson. Perhaps the most interesting thing is the brief film clip which Norma screens for Joe, reveling in her youth and beauty. This was … Continue reading “Queen Kelly” from 1932; Norma and Max’s Only Film Together

“This Time Next Year;” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s New Year Promise

Andrew Lloyd Webber has had huge success with musical based on The Phantom of the Opera, poems by T. S. Eliot, and even stories from the Bible. Anyone familiar with Billy Wilder's masterpiece Sunset Boulevard (1950) won't be surprised that the great Broadway showman was inspired by the film's intriguing story. He made it into … Continue reading “This Time Next Year;” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s New Year Promise

Happy New Year, Darling! The Sunset Boulevard Blogathon is Here!

Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) and Joe Gillis (William Holden) JOE: Happy New Year, Norma.NORMA: Happy New Year, darling.Sunset Boulevard Ladies and gentlemen, Happy New Year! In honor of the beginning of 2021, we are hosting a blogathon dedicated to a very unique, famous film with an iconic New Year's Eve scene, Sunset Boulevard (1950). This … Continue reading Happy New Year, Darling! The Sunset Boulevard Blogathon is Here!