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Acknowledgments Introduction: "Sunset Boulevard:Ready for its close-up" 1. "It's a Hollywood Story" 2. "It Happened in Hollywood!" 3. "It's a Great Motion Picture!" Conclusion; "Is Hollywood the City of Dreams...or Heartbreak?" Notes Credits

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Steven Cohan's study of Billy Wilder's 1950 noir classic Sunset Boulevard examines the film's production history and visual style and its status as a Hollywood film about Hollywood

About the Author

Steven Cohan is Dean's Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University, USA and President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. His books include Telling Stories: A Theoretical Analysis of Narrative (1988, co-authored with Linda M. Shires), Masked Men: Masculinity and the Movies in the Fifties (1997), Incongruous Entertainment: Camp, Cultural Value, and the MGM Musical (2005); a BFI TV Classic on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2008); The Sound of Musicals (BFI 2010) and Hollywood by Hollywood: The Backstudio Picture and the Mystique of Making Movies (2018).


Steven Cohan has produced a well-researched guide to the film’s production and its various visual quotations. Replete with a wealth of stills, it serves the purpose of an expert companion, leading the casual viewer through the richness of Wilder’s bittersweet paean to the film industry.
*Times Literary Supplement*

Steven Cohan has given us a useful, blow-by-blow account of the making of the greatest Hollywood film about Hollywood, plus intelligent critical analysis of the many arts and crafts involved in the production of a classic.
*James Naremore, University of Indiana, USA*

Cohan offers a highly animated, wonderfully rich, and thoroughly engaging reappraisal of Billy Wilder’s landmark film, combining a meticulous reconstruction of its production history, a probing formal and contextual analysis of the picture, and an equally convincing account of its enduring legacy.
*Noah Isenberg, University of Texas at Austin, USA*

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