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Sun Jan 8, 2023, 11:52 AM

Why is "Sunset Boulevard" trump's favorite movie?

Just wondering about the psychology behind that.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/donald-trump-running-for-president-2024.html

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Reply Why is "Sunset Boulevard" trump's favorite movie? (Original post)
Goodheart Jan 2023 OP
hatrack Jan 2023 #1
MadLinguist Jan 2023 #15
North Shore Chicago Jan 2023 #2
Victor_c3 Jan 2023 #3
LeftInTX Jan 2023 #4
tinrobot Jan 2023 #8
emulatorloo Jan 2023 #9
Victor_c3 Jan 2023 #10
emulatorloo Jan 2023 #12
treestar Jan 2023 #13
whistler162 Jan 2023 #17
Arthur_Frain Jan 2023 #21
Celerity Jan 2023 #23
The Unmitigated Gall Jan 2023 #5
surrealAmerican Jan 2023 #6
emulatorloo Jan 2023 #11
hatrack Jan 2023 #16
Liberal In Texas Jan 2023 #18
nuxvomica Jan 2023 #19
Me. Jan 2023 #7
Paladin Jan 2023 #14
Goodheart Jan 2023 #20
Paladin Jan 2023 #22
Doc_Technical Jan 2023 #24

Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:01 PM

1. Because he knows that he's Norma Desmond . . .

Just as every accusation is a confession with these clowns, deep down in what remains of his "self", Shitstain knows that he's a fragment of the past, a has-been, a washed up remnant of whatever he remembers of The World As It Should Have Remained.

Thanatos draws him on - the idea of his own disappearance is incomprehensible, and incomprehensibly fascinating, and he can't look away, all of his sociopathic defense mechanisms notwithstanding.

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Response to hatrack (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 01:40 PM

15. he identfies with Norma Desmond, and will kill anyone

who interferes with the functioning of his narcissism

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:04 PM

2. 'Alright, Mr. Demille...

I'm ready for my rubber room."


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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:13 PM

3. Never heard of it. Is it a soft-core porn? n/t

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Response to Victor_c3 (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:19 PM

4. No. Not at all

William Holden somehow ends up at the home of an aging movie star (Gloria Swanson)
She eventually ends up killing him.

It is a cult movie though.

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Response to Victor_c3 (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:32 PM

8. Gloria Swanson plays a washed-up silent film star

Who lives in a big mansion. She does nothing but watch her old films and refuses to accept that she's no longer famous.

She then strikes up a relationship with a much younger man (William Holden) and winds up killing him.

Sound familiar?

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Response to Victor_c3 (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:43 PM

9. It is really pretty good. Fun psychological thriller about a washed up has been actress.

Classical Hollywood at it's best.



I can't imagine Trump liking this movie, it's too good!

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Response to emulatorloo (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:44 PM

10. Given that it's trump, I figured it couldn't be an actually good movie

Iíll have to check it out

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Response to Victor_c3 (Reply #10)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:52 PM

12. Yeah I agree, hard to believe he likes it.

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Response to emulatorloo (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:57 PM

13. Nancy Olson didn't become such a

big star after all!

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Response to emulatorloo (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 02:34 PM

17. Prefer the remake

 

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Response to emulatorloo (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 06:29 PM

21. This was the movie that brought home how important a director was for me.

The camera angles, the cut scenes. This movie opened the door to cinema as an art form, and I began to look more for directors, and less for actors when I went looking in the videotape rental stores.

The performances in Sunset Boulevard were pretty good too, and I couldnít help but draw my own parallels between the final scene and shithead coming down his golden escalator.

Never knew it was his favorite flick, but not going to let that cheapen it for me.

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Response to Victor_c3 (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 09:49 AM

23. Sunset Boulevard Explained: The Hollywood Nightmare



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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:23 PM

5. I like that movie too

But, like most people I sympathize with William Holdenís character. Gloria Swanson made an excellent portrayal of a powerful narcissist.

Trump probably imagines himself doing a bigly better job than Bill, sweeping into that old mansion, taking Gloria by the p-word, at which point she sighs and falls into his arms and they go off to New York to build towers and party with Epstain.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:28 PM

6. Maybe because Citizen Kane hits too close to home?

Sunset Boulevard is a truly great film. I can't fault him for liking it.

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:51 PM

11. FWIW watching Musk implode feels like watching Citizen Kane happen in real life to me

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Response to emulatorloo (Reply #11)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 02:15 PM

16. Trust me - this is worth it for the Citizen Kane reference at the end . .

Apologies if you've already seen it!

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Response to hatrack (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 02:46 PM

18. That was good! Hadn't seen it before.

Had to watch it twice LOL.

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Response to surrealAmerican (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 02:57 PM

19. He had previously said Kane was his favorite movie

In fact, his comments on the movie were to be part of a documentary on Citizen Kane but they didn't make the final cut because he obviously didn't understand the movie at all. However, Mar-a-Lago is likely an attempt to re-create Xanadu.

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 12:31 PM

7. He's Ready For Another Close-Up

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 01:14 PM

14. Good movie. Unworthy of trump's bad influence. (nt)

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Response to Paladin (Reply #14)

Sun Jan 8, 2023, 06:22 PM

20. It's an excellent movie. And Gloria Swanson's acting performance is one of the best ever, IMO

I'm just surprised that trump would think so highly of it. He just doesn't have much class.

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Response to Goodheart (Reply #20)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 09:18 AM

22. If Bill Holden's in the cast of a movie, chances are I'll like it. (nt)

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Response to Goodheart (Original post)

Mon Jan 9, 2023, 10:49 AM

24. Perhaps Trump likes the fact

that the smarty pants, sarcastic screenwriter gets
shot to death for having the nerve to advise a
star to face reality.

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