Posts Tagged ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Message from Admin to B. Stover


July 21st, 2009 Posted 7:30 am

Hi, B. Stover. Thanks for your question re Chet’s July 19 post.

Muriel Breit said, speaking of Erich von Stroheim: “He was one of the best directors of the silent era, and was also an actor. Ever seen Sunset Boulevard?” In Sunset Boulevard (1950), von Stroheim played Max von Mayerling, the weird butler working for the faded movie star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). Bernie’s reply to Muriel – “The pictures got smaller.” – refers to a scene in the movie where the struggling screenwriter played by by William Holden recognizes Norma Desmond and remarks that she used to be big. She replies, “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.”

Hope that helps. Admin’s two favorite Hollywood movies about Hollywood are Sunset Boulevard and The Player. The French movie La Nuit Americaine (Day For Night) is also great on the movie business.

Tomorrow – back to the Greed Case, if we can locate Chet. Seems to have gone off on one of his canyon expeditions. What does he do there?


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