Sunset Boulevard Essay by Master Researcher

Sunset Boulevard
A review of the film "Sunset Boulevard" highlighting the issues of hidden political thought and biases.
# 86207 | 675 words | 1 source | 2005 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2005 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Film (General)

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This paper uses the film "Sunset Boulevard" as an artifact showing aspects of political thought, considering certain dimensions of right and left perspectives as seen in the film, based on dichotomies between Democratic VS Hierarchical, Relative VS Absolute, Future VS Past, Outsiders VS Insiders, and Sexuality VS Marital Monogamy, indicating how each is manifested in the film.

From the Paper:

" Different aspects of the movie 'Sunset Boulevard' exhibit underlying political issues and biases, intentional or not. The tale as a whole suggests certain sympathy for the underdog while also suggesting that the underdog will ultimately lose if he or she is seduced by the trappings of power and privilege, but other elements suggest faith in power and position. One of the primary relationships coloring the film is that between the performer and the audience. Norma Desmond in 'Sunset Boulevard' seeks an audience almost as a matter of course, and the wayward Joe Gillis becomes a live-in audience for her daily performance as Norma Desmond, movie star. Norma is a grotesque caricature of the domineering woman."

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