Director: Billy Wilder
William Holden as Joe Gillis
Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond
Sunset Boulevard is the tragic story of a writer who feeling down and out became a gigolo of the former film star Norma Desmond.
Norma Desmond first hires Joe as a script doctor. She wants him to help her write a script. She dreams of working with her friend Cecil B DeMille again. But Norma is increasingly needy. She depends upon Joe too much. She convinces herself she’s in love. Then she convinces Joe by showering him with gifts that he wants what she has to offer.
Ultimately, Joe comes to his senses and decides to leave Norma. Norma suffers a break with reality, shoots Joe in the back and returns to her dressing room to wait for her closing scene, ‘I’m ready for my close-up.’
William Holden http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Holden
Gloria Swanson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Swanson