I watched this online and did all my own screencaps and...kinda went crazy with them because there were so many great scenes.
Warning - there's a dead guy in the pool. But I thought this shot was awesome, and so did Missie because she used it too. ;)
"Poor dope always wanted a pool."
Joe is a script writer in Hollywood who is down on his luck and trying unsuccessfully to either get a job or get someone to loan him some money. He blows a tire dodging some repo men and pulls into the garage of a dilapidated mansion. He likens it to Miss Havisham's home from Great Expectations and it has that same what mess am I getting myself into? sort of feel. Especially shown below when the butler tells him as he ascends the stairs, "If you need any help with the coffin, let me know." I love the look on Joe's face.
Oh and the coffin is for THIS. And yes I screamed a bit. I really do not like chimps or apes and this? Just...no.
The home - and the dead chimp - belong to Norma, an aging diva from the silent films age. She is fantastically dramatic and weird and I took a bunch of screencaps of her looks and faces.
"Sat coiled up like a watch spring..."
"I am big. It's the pictures that got small."
"Kissing his cold, dead lips..."
Norma is obsessed with two things: being a star and being adored. While Joe is the main character and narrates the story, she really takes over the story, just as she takes over his life.
"Don't they know what a star looks like any more?"
Norma likes Joe and decides to keep him. I mean that in all senses of the word. Joe doesn't really like being a kept man but doesn't really know what else to do with himself. He lives in a mansion with a pool, tennis court, bowling alley, movie theater, ballroom, etc. and gets a closet full of fancy suits.
"DeMille said I was his greatest star..."
"Of course you didn't, I wouldn't let you."
Right about here is where things go from strange to way off the deep end.
I really loved the use of mirrors in this film.
"That's a lie they still want me!"
"You heard him...I'm a star..."
Joe unintentionally starts a little something on the side...
Which upsets Norma considerably. She's incredibly unstable anyway but this really sent her over the edge.
I loved the way this scene was shot with half the man's face in shadow. Not only perfect for the creepy revelation given here but truly he'd become half the man he was.
I found this Sunset Blvd in 5 Minutes video that I thought was pretty funny. Spoiler warning though - it gives you the whole plot.