We had faces then: Sunset Boulevard and the sense of the spectral

Citation data:

Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Vol: 26, Issue: 2, Page: 89-101

Publication Year:
2009
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Repository URL:
https://epubs.scu.edu.au/sass_pubs/533
Author(s):
Cooke, Grayson
Tags:
Film and Media Studies
article description
The article discusses how the motion picture "Sunset Boulevard," directed by Billy Wilder, depicts the role of the face for motion picture actors. The author describes faces as a commodity in the motion picture industry and discusses how the character of Norma Desmond in the film represents the end of silent films. He compares the appeal of film celebrities to ghosts and notes how the film is narrated by a deceased character. He suggests the film combines aspects of film noir with horror films and comments on a sequence depicting Norma's makeover.