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I didn’t enjoy it but I couldn’t help loving it: Sunset Boulevard reviewed

Plus: why I’m not convinced The Caretaker is a masterpiece

9 April 2016

9:00 AM

9 April 2016

9:00 AM

Sunset Boulevard

Coliseum, in rep until 7 May

The Caretaker

Old Vic, until 14 May

Sunset Boulevard is a tale of fractured glory with Homeric dimensions. The movie presents Hollywood as a never-ending Trojan War that attracts fresh generations of dreamy youths in search of conquest and treasure. The lead characters have retired from battle, wounded. Joe Gillis, like Odysseus, is a vagrant warrior ensnared in the island-mansion of Norma Desmond, who plays the role of broken-queen-turned-sorceress.

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