CLOSE-UP ON SUNSET BOULEVARD. Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond, and the Dark Hollywood Dream

New York: St Martin's Press, (2002). First edition. Hardcover. This book tells the story of this extravagant work, the film 'Sunset Boulevard' directed by Billy Wilder. From the writing, casting, and filming to the disastrous previews that made Paramount consider shelving it. It's about the writing team of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett, sardonically called "the happiest couple in Hollywood", and their raucous professional relationship. It's about art direction and the sets, the costumes, the props, the lights, and the cameras, and the personalities who used those tools to create a cinematic work of art. The author goes behind the scenes to reveal: William Holden, endlessly attacked by his bitter wife and already drinking too much; Nancy Olson, the cheerful ingenue who had never heard of the great Gloria Swanson; the dark genius Erich von Stroheim; the once-famous but long forgotten "Waxworks"; and, of course, Swanson herself, who, just like Norma Desmond, had once been "the greatest star of them all." Illustrated from photographs. 420pp. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Item #14085
ISBN: 031227453X

Price: $45.00

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