best film: Sunset Boulevard

best performance : Sunset Boulevard

stylistic innovations/traits: Swanson was a silent star (though I haven’t seen more than one archiveable film of hers from that era) and then Wilder took that premise (along with her director DeMille) for his 1950 masterpiece. Swanson is fantastic opposite William Holden (also an excellent supporting turn from Von Stroheim).  Her only other archiveable film is 1919’s silent Male and Female.

directors worked with: DeMille, Wilder

Top 5 Performances

  1. Sunset Boulevard
  2. Male and Female

Archiveable films

1919- Male and Female
1950- Sunset Boulevard