Monday, October 17, 2011

tragic beauty

when 'norma desmond' laments the state of cinema in 'sunset boulevard' she says, "they had faces then." not only did buster keaton have one of the most expressive faces, he was cast by 'sunset boulevard' director billy wilder to do a cameo. it is touching to see him silently playing cards with 'norma' and the other 'waxworks.' i love that wilder cast him but it is a sorrowful scene.

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