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There'll be a microphone there to catch the last gurgles, and Technicolor to photograph the red, swollen tongues  -  Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond
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Montgomery Clift was signed to play Joe Gillis but withdrew right before film went into production.  Holden and Swanson were both 4th choices for their roles.
Those who witnessed the live filming of Swanson’s final “close-up” scene burst into spontaneous applause afterwards and the resounding ovation brought Gloria Swanson to tears.
The shots of William Holden floating dead in the pool were done using mirrors on the bottom of the pool and filming the reflection from above.

  Projected for your scrutiny one of the most believable fictitious personalities ever created for celluloid.  The world she inhabits (mentally and physically) is equally credible and compulsively telling.


  Textured themes make repeat viewings consistently engaging, such as the life and death of Hollywood legends or the lingering shadows of Hollywood’s past.  The ending exudes ‘otherworldly’ as Norma Desmond, seemingly possessed, has an out-of-body into-camera-lens departure.


  Raises universal questions about our own lives and futures to ponder.  Who will we become when our careers end?  Will we, like Norma ever cling to the past, ignore reality, become desperate for love, attempt to reclaim former glories?

        » Brent Chastain,    

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