Tag Archives: Erich von Stroheim

Anthony Mann – The Great Flamarion (1945)

Synopsis:
Erich von Stroheim is The Great Flamarion, a marksman who employs Mary Beth Hughes and Dan Duryea, a married couple, for his vaudeville act. Having decided to rid herself of her husband, Mary Beth plots to trick von Stroheim into doing the dirty work for her. Read More »

Billy Wilder – Sunset Blvd. (1950) (HD)

Quote:
An aging silent film queen refuses to accept that her stardom has ended. She hires a young screenwriter to help set up her movie comeback. The screenwriter believes he can manipulate her, but he soon finds out he is wrong. The screenwriters ambivalence about their relationship and her unwillingness to let go leads to a situation of violence, madness, and death. Read More »

Billy Wilder – Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Quote:
One of Wilder’s finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood’s scab-scratching accounts of itself, this establishes its relentless acidity in the opening scene by having the story related by a corpse floating face-down in a Hollywood swimming-pool. What follows in flashback is a tale of humiliation, exploitation, and dashed dreams, as a feckless, bankrupt screenwriter (Holden) pulls into a crumbling mansion in search of refuge from his creditors, and becomes inextricably entangled in the possessive web woven by a faded star of the silents (Swanson), who is high on hopes of a comeback and heading for outright insanity. Read More »