" As the cameras roll, Norma dramatically descends her grand staircase.She pauses and makes an impromptu speech about how happy she is to be making a film again, concluding with the famous line, "All right, Mr.The film stars William Holden as Joe Gillis, an unsuccessful screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, a faded silent-film star who draws him into her fantasy world, where she dreams of making a triumphant return to the screen. Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U. Library of Congress in 1989, Sunset Boulevard was included in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.Erich von Stroheim plays Max von Mayerling, her devoted servant, and Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, and Jack Webb play supporting roles. De Mille and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper play themselves, and the film includes cameo appearances by leading silent-film actors Buster Keaton, H. In 1998, it was ranked number 12 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 best American films of the 20th century, and in 2007, it was 16th on their 10th Anniversary list.Max tells him Norma is subject to depression and has made suicide attempts.Norma lavishes attention on Joe and buys him expensive clothes.He bluntly informs her that the public has forgotten her, no comeback is forthcoming, and her fan letters are written by Max. Now having completely lost touch with reality, she believes the newsreel cameras are there to film Salome.Max pretends to set up a scene for her and calls "Action!
When Joe phones Max to have him pack his things, Max informs him that Norma has cut her wrists with his razor. Norma has Max deliver the edited Salome script to her former director, Cecil B. Afterwards, she begins to receive calls from Paramount executive Gordon Cole, but petulantly refuses to speak to anyone except De Mille.Later, while fleeing from men trying to repossess his car, Joe turns into the driveway of a seemingly deserted mansion.After concealing the car, he hears a woman calling him, apparently mistaking him for someone else.She plans to play the title role herself in a comeback attempt.Joe finds her script abysmal, but flatters her into hiring him as a script doctor.When she arrives, Joe feigns satisfaction with his life as a kept man, but after Betty tearfully leaves, he packs to return to his old newspaper job.