Well, I just spotted another instance of a dream factory being more factory than dream: I’m watching A Place In the Sun (I guess this is also a follow-up post to “An American Tragedy”) and during the lead up to the big, fat close-up of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift as they’re dancing, they walk past a curving staircase.
Hold on a minute, thought I. That staircase rings a bell. Let’s see. A Place In the Sun… Paramount… 1951. What else was made around that time by that studio? What other movie might have featured a grand, curving staircase?
Altogether now: Sunset Boulevard, naturally.
And in a mere two Google clicks I found the evidence I needed and which I present here. I like to think of Norma Desmond lurking at the top of the stairs and wondering who are all these little people desecrating her mansion.