Sunset Boulevard (Paramount, 1950). Fine- on Linen.Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionSunset Boulevard (Paramount, 1950). Fine- on Linen. Australian One Sheet (27" X 40").
Anyone considering a career in Hollywood should take a close look at director Billy Wilder's depiction of celebrity and the abusive showbiz "machine" in this dark classic. Even more, this poster, featuring a washed-up, scorned Gloria Swanson on the edge of madness, might make one rethink any acting aspirations. A film noir gem, Sunset Boulevard concerns a writer (William Holden) who plays the confidant and companion to an aging silent film actress (Swanson) in order to further his career. The film also cast other major stars from the silent era including Erich von Stroheim, Buster Keaton and director Cecil B. DeMille. Swanson was nominated for an Oscar for her stunning performance, as were Holden and von Stroheim, while Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay. Posters from the film are always attractive to collectors, and this is the first time Heritage has ever offered the Australian one sheet for this cinematic classic. Prior to restoration, this poster had edge and fold wear, fold separations, pinholes, minor chips, and moderate tears. There was a tear from the top border to Gloria Swanson's chin that has also been restored. Unaddressed wear includes spotted stains in the top border and image, as well as some ink transfer, most noticeable towards the bottom of the poster. Fine- on Linen.
Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000.
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