Continuing my top movies of all time-- this one is another 10.0 (I can watch it endlessly and never get tired of it) is another Billy Wilder film...
SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) 1hr 50 min Rel Sept 29, 1950 D- Billy Wilder. W- Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder C- William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim
"Audiences don't know somebody sits down and writes a picture; they think the actors make it up as they go along."
It's probably the Film Noir to end all film noirs. A movie that starts with a dead monkey in a old movie starlet's home and ends with a dead writer in said star's swimming pool-- all told through the narration of the dead man, and I'm not giving away spoilers here, this is all shown in the first three minutes of the movie.
A down on his luck screenwriter, and he may have never had any luck in Hollywood to begin with, is trying to stay one step ahead of the finance boys who are looking to impound his car. In LA you can't live without a car and he knows it. Trying to outfox them he ends up in the driveway of what he mistakenly believes to be an abandoned old mansion on Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills-- he soon finds out its not and give in to some of his darker impulses which set him on a path for pooldom.
This one is not only a top film it's a must see.