Screenwriter Christopher Hampton CBE presents his selected inspirational script: Sunset Boulevard
Year of release: 1950
Screenwriters: Billy Wilder; Charles Bracket; D M Marshman Jnr
Key awards: Oscar for Best Screenplay
Sunset Boulevard was a collaboration between three writers - Wilder and Brackett (who worked together on 13 scripts in their careers) - and Marshman Jr who was brought in to work on the storyline as the original script was failing to satisfy either Wilder and Brackett.
The picture is seen as a classic film noir, peeling off the gloss of a Hollywood movie industry to reveal an underbelly of desperation and insecurity. The story concerns two tragic figures - a faded silent movie star desperate to regain her fame and an unsuccessful screenwriter desperate for a hit.
The film was immediately hailed by critics and has since come to be recognised as a culturally and historically significant piece of work. It was amongst the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in the US.
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