Having spent my week working relentlessly, my Sunday afternoon
was to be one that I was truly looking forward to, especially as the glorious; Sunset
Boulevard was to be aired.
This is, in my opinion, Billy Wilder’s best work and lifts
the lid on the challenges met by actress’s in the quest to stop the ageing process
in order to continue to find their place within the personal and professional
life! This sinister and dark film stands the test of time and showcases the
price we pay to look and feel good
My empathy with Norma, like most women is that of
acceptance. To be accepted by her peers,
the studio and her companion! The price of the ageing process is still relevant
in today’s society. Like Norma, our face is our brand....whether we like it or
not. We are all judged in society by our appearance.
Though most would say that they are very content within their
own being but realistically we all have insecurities and are often really reluctant
to share with others our own vulnerability.
As a Non surgical writer, Norma Desmond's unquestioning and
determined regime of beauty treatments she undertakes in an attempt to appear
youthful and studio ready, had me transfixed.
She went through a harsh and often cruel series of
treatments in order for her skin to tighten and lift. The countless scenes with
her eyes taped back and her jawline strapped to lift her saggy jowls often made
me sad to see such a timeless beauty being tortured and depicted in such a way.
What fascinated me was the completely determined drive and
focus she had in order for her to be ready for the lights, camera...action!
Thankfully, treatments today are far more accessible....