Every bit as scary, riveting and darkly funny as it was the day it opened, Billy Wilder’s film noir portrait of a forgotten, silent movie star named Norma Desmond, who descends into madness in her decaying Hollywood mansion by refusing to acknowledge the passage of time, reveals the dark side of fame more horrifically than any American movie before or since. With William Holden, Erich von Stroheim and, of course, Gloria Swanson, who is “ready for her close-up.” (110 min.)
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