Sunset Boulevard (BD)
Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond, an aging silent-film queen, and Willia m Holden, as the struggling young screenwriter who is held in thrall by her madness, created two of the screen's most memorable characters in "S unset Boulevard." Winner of three Academy Awards®, director Billy Wilde r's powerful orchestration of the bizarre tale is a true cinematic class ic. From the unforgettable opening sequence -- a body found floating in a decayed mansion's swimming pool -- through the inevitable unfolding o f tragic destiny, "Sunset Boulevard" is the definitive statement on the dark and desperate side of Hollywood. Erich von Stroheim as Desmond's d iscoverer, ex-husband and butler, and Nancy Olson as the bright spot ami dst unrelenting ominousness, are equally celebrated for their masterful performances.