The 1950 movie Sunset Boulevard is one of the great film noirs, and one of the great Hollywood films to examine the ego-boosting and ego-crushing effects of Hollywood stardom. Director Billy Wilder elicited unforgettable performances from leads William Holden, as a desperate screenwriter, and Gloria Swanson, as an aging starlet who's finally ready for her "close-up."
Sunset Boulevard was lauded in its day, and appreciation for the film has only increased over time. Crucial to the effectiveness of the movie is its Oscar-winning score by Franz Waxman. Waxman's score has been re-recorded several times, but the original recording, conducted by Waxman himself, has never been released -- until now.
Counterpoint Records will release a lavishly packaged soundtrack CD later this month, and the recording receives its broadcast premiere on this show. Host David Garland is joined by John W. Waxman, the composer's son, who will help point out the musical and dramatic riches of the score.
Sunset Boulevard Trailer: