Sunset Boulevard (Wilder, 1950),
Watch Sunset Boulevard (Wilder, 1950), screenplay written by Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett , D. M. Marshman Jr., to answer the following: 1) What does the character Joe Gillis (played by William Holden) want? How does this change (what the character wants) over the course of the movie? How might this also reveal character arc (change in the character over time)? 2) Select a scene in the film to analyze a short dialogue exchange between two characters (5-7 lines) and explain how each line either reveals character and/or advances the action. Be specific and provide detail from the film in your answers. 3) Awful things happen to Gillis in Sunset Boulevard. According to Vonnegut, the bad things that happen to a character reveal what they are “made of.” A. What awful things that happen to Gillis? B. What is Gillis made of? In other words, what are some characteristics, traits, qualities, and abilities revealed. 4) In screen stories, conflict is central in moving a plot forward and creating dramatic potential. Describe in detail how Joe Gillis gets locked into his conflict and stays locked? (In other words, at what moment is there no turning back for Joe?). 5) The film could be interpreted as a thinly veiled critique of Hollywood’s business practices and cultural values. How might the film be seen as critical of Hollywood? Write the question number before answering each question.