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  • Joe is a cynical screenplay writer disenchanted by his ill luck on the Hollywood scene. Norma is a washed-up silent-film star who didn't survive the transition to talking pictures. Together they begin a strange, mostly psychological, affair in her decaying house on Sunset Boulevard.

  • Struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis is accosted by a pair of repo men, and takes refuge in what looks like a deserted house. It turns out to be inhabited by Norma Desmond, once the queen of silent pictures and now a forgotten relic. Desperate for a job, Joe agrees to edit a terrible script Norma has written for her comeback vehicle. The two of them form a bizarre symbiotic relationship, while Joe desperately tries to escape.


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