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Sunset Boulevard is a self referential film that critiques Hollywoods star system This 1950s film uses many former Hollywood stars who more or less play themselves and in doing so sheds light on the dark aspects of the star system It also takes the viewer inside the studios and depicts studio executives and studio pawns It is a look at the writer and the game of writing and filmmaking in Hollywood It depicts a lack of respect for the art of writing and the lack of humanity in the Hollywood system Sunset Boulevard is a movie made in Hollywood that is about making movies in Hollywood in that it is self referential The main female character of the film plays a washed up actress from the silent age of Hollywood And the actress who plays that role is in fact a famous silent film actress who had very few roles in speaking films other than this one In this main female character the movie exposes a sad picture of the dark side of the star system The star system exploits an artists skill by creating a constrictive persona for an actor or actress The Hollywood system the image makers the press and the studios would construct a persons persona as they saw fit When that actor or actress became obsolete or lost their appeal to the public the system would cut them free In this movie the main female character had become obsolete as talkies became the norm The viewer gets the impression that she had a dependence on being in the limelight and that the Hollywood system provided her with a certain stability Now that that was gone she went mad trying to uphold that life for herself She became more and more out there as the movie went on In the end she commits murder to protect her fantasy The Hollywood system constructs a life for its stars but wont sustain it if
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