Sunset Blvd: An Ode to Joe Gillis

The #16 Best Movie of All Time

Luella Schmidt
Mirror In The Sky

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Writer’s Screenshot from Sunset Blvd (1950), the 16th best movie on the Top 100

(warning: spoilers ahead)

Ode to Joe Gillis

Joe’s dead in the pool
We know from the start
A voice from the grave
Says he can’t make his art

A Hollywood scribe
Chased by car repossessors
Joe stumbles on Norma
His brand-new oppressor

“I’m grand and important”
(though her house is decayed)
“Move in with me now
And write my screenplay”

So Joe tries to help
Pulled tight in her claws
He becomes her kept man
While she dreams of applause

Writer’s Screenshot from Sunset Blvd (1950)

Norma’s maze of delirium
Soon traps our friend Joe
He falls hard for Betty
Who brings out his flow

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Luella Schmidt
Mirror In The Sky

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