History Trivia / SunsetBoulevard

8th Apr '18 3:20:36 PM LongTallShorty64
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* CareerResurrection: Averted. Gloria Swanson's film career was not revitalized by the film. She was disappointed to see that all the parts she was offered subsequently were watered down versions of Norma Desmond. Ultimately she retired completely from films, making only sporadic appearances, notably in ''Film/Airport1975''.

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* CareerResurrection: Averted. Gloria Swanson's Creator/GloriaSwanson's film career was not revitalized by the film. She was disappointed to see that all the parts she was offered subsequently were watered down versions of Norma Desmond. Ultimately she retired completely from films, making only sporadic appearances, notably in ''Film/Airport1975''.
22nd Mar '18 8:22:01 PM SinDustries
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* MetaCasting: Norma Desmond, a forgotten silent film star, was played by Gloria Swanson, a forgotten silent film star. Her butler, Max von Mayerling who used to be a leading silent film director is played by Creator/EricVonStroheim, who used to be a leading silent film director. (Needless to say, Swanson took her fall from stardom with ''much'' more grace and sanity than Norma.)

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* MetaCasting: Norma Desmond, a forgotten silent film star, was played by Gloria Swanson, a forgotten silent film star. Her butler, Max von Mayerling who used to be a leading silent film director is played by Creator/EricVonStroheim, Creator/ErichVonStroheim, who used to be a leading silent film director. (Needless to say, Swanson took her fall from stardom with ''much'' more grace and sanity than Norma.)
29th Jan '18 2:23:24 AM momur
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** Also, Cecil B. DeMille plays himself, and the "Waxworks" (Norma's friends who are other forgotten silent film stars) are all played by...other forgotten silent film stars. (And Creator/BusterKeaton). In general, this film is regarded to be one of the biggest cases of MetaCasting in Hollywood.

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** Also, Cecil B. DeMille plays himself, Hedda Hopper (a gossip columnist) plays herself, and the "Waxworks" (Norma's friends who are other forgotten silent film stars) are all played by...other forgotten silent film stars. (And Creator/BusterKeaton). In general, this film is regarded to be one of the biggest cases of MetaCasting in Hollywood.
29th Jan '18 2:18:38 AM momur
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** Also, Cecil B. DeMille plays himself, and the "Waxworks" (Norma's friends who are other forgotten silent film stars) are all played by...other forgotten silent film stars. (And Creator/BusterKeaton). In general, this film is regarded to be one of the biggest cases of MetaCasting in Hollywood.
28th Dec '17 2:30:49 PM GothicProphet
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* WorkingTitle: The writers feared that Hollywood would react unfavorably to such a damning portrait of the film industry, and so the film was code named ''A Can of Beans'' while in production.

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* WorkingTitle: The writers feared that Hollywood would react unfavorably to such a damning portrait of the film industry, and so the film was code named ''A Can of Beans'' while in production.production.
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11th Nov '17 10:38:40 AM ClintEastwood
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* BetaOutfit: The outfit for when Norma traveled to the studio still included [[PrettyInMink a white ermine hat]], but it [[http://silverscreenmodes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Swanson2.jpg was like a head scarf]]. Swanson suggested [[http://silverscreenmodes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Swanson3.jpg a hat more fitting]] the style of TheRoaringTwenties.
* CreatorBacklash: Erich von Stroheim complained that he was always identified with "that butler role" rather than anything else he directed or starred in.

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* BetaOutfit: The outfit for when CareerResurrection: Averted. Gloria Swanson's film career was not revitalized by the film. She was disappointed to see that all the parts she was offered subsequently were watered down versions of Norma traveled to the studio still included [[PrettyInMink a white ermine hat]], but it [[http://silverscreenmodes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Swanson2.jpg was like a head scarf]]. Swanson suggested [[http://silverscreenmodes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Swanson3.jpg a hat more fitting]] the style of TheRoaringTwenties.
Desmond. Ultimately she retired completely from films, making only sporadic appearances, notably in ''Film/Airport1975''.
* CreatorBacklash: Erich von Stroheim Creator/ErichVonStroheim complained that he was always identified with "that butler role" rather than anything else he directed or starred in.



* MetaCasting: Norma Desmond, a forgotten silent film star, was played by Gloria Swanson, a forgotten silent film star. Her butler, Max von Mayerling who used to be a leading silent film director is played by Creator/EricVonStroheim, who used to be a leading silent film director. (Needless to say, Swanson took her fall from stardom with ''much'' more grace and sanity than Norma.)



* StarMakingRole: For Creator/WilliamHolden.
* StarringAStarAsAStar: Silent film era star Gloria Swanson plays all-but-forgotten silent film ere star Norma Desmond (and silent film actor and director Creator/ErichVonStroheim plays Desmond's butler Max, also her former silent film director).



** Several other old-time actresses were considered for the role of Norma Desmond, including Pola Negri, Creator/MaryPickford, and even Creator/MaeWest, who was turned down after one meeting with the producers, who said they realized that she was still both too dignified and too pretty to believably sell a has-been character like Norma.
** Creator/MontgomeryClift was originally cast as Joe Gillis, but pulled out - reputedly because he himself was [[RealitySubtext dating a much older (and arguably washed up) singer at the time]]. Creator/MarlonBrando was deemed too much of an unknown and MGM refused to loan out Creator/GeneKelly.
** Creator/StephenSondheim began work on a musical version, before the release of Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's play. He abandoned the project due to Billy Wilder saying that he'd prefer a ''Sunset Boulevard'' opera to a musical.

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** Several other old-time actresses were considered for the role of Norma Desmond, including Creator/GretaGarbo, Pola Negri, Creator/MaryPickford, and even Creator/MaeWest, who was turned down after one meeting with the producers, who said they realized that she was still both too dignified and too pretty to believably sell a has-been character like Norma.
** Creator/MontgomeryClift was originally cast as Joe Gillis, but pulled out - reputedly because he himself was [[RealitySubtext dating a much older (and arguably washed up) singer at the time]]. Creator/MarlonBrando was deemed too much of an unknown and MGM Creator/{{MGM}} refused to loan out Creator/GeneKelly.
** Creator/StephenSondheim Music/StephenSondheim began work on a musical version, before the release of Creator/AndrewLloydWebber's play. He abandoned the project due to Billy Wilder saying that he'd prefer a ''Sunset Boulevard'' opera to a musical.
14th Aug '17 9:39:37 AM lalaTKG
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* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/CecilBDeMille agreed to do his cameo for a $10,000 fee and a brand-new Cadillac. When Billy Wilder went back to him later to secure a close-up, DeMille charged him another $10,000.

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* MoneyDearBoy: Creator/CecilBDeMille agreed to do his cameo for a $10,000 fee and a brand-new Cadillac. When Billy Wilder went back to him later to secure a close-up, DeMille [=DeMille=] charged him another $10,000.
25th May '17 5:01:05 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Montgomery Clift was originally cast as Joe Gillis, but pulled out - reputedly because he himself was [[RealitySubtext dating a much older (and arguably washed up) singer at the time]]. Creator/MarlonBrando was deemed too much of an unknown and MGM refused to loan out Creator/GeneKelly.

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** Montgomery Clift Creator/MontgomeryClift was originally cast as Joe Gillis, but pulled out - reputedly because he himself was [[RealitySubtext dating a much older (and arguably washed up) singer at the time]]. Creator/MarlonBrando was deemed too much of an unknown and MGM refused to loan out Creator/GeneKelly.
9th Apr '17 6:55:35 AM LtFedora
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* BeamMeUpScotty: People often misquote this movie's famous line as "I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. [=DeMille=]."

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* BeamMeUpScotty: People often misquote this movie's famous line as "I'm ready for my closeup, Mr. [=DeMille=]."[=DeMille=]" when it's actually, "Alright, Mr. [=DeMille=], I'm ready for my close-up".
26th Jan '17 3:40:17 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ThoseTwoActors: After the success of the film, this was attempted with William Holden and Nancy Olson; they appeared in three further films together, but none of them was really successful.

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* ThoseTwoActors: After the success of the film, this was attempted with William Holden Creator/WilliamHolden and Nancy Olson; they appeared in three further films together, but none of them was really successful.
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