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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is ready for its close up, Mr. DeMille!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. opened me up to a world of cinema like few other films. I was a teenager when I audited a Film Appreciation class at UT and this was the first film we watched as a class. John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance made me fall in love with westerns, Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca made me fall in love with black and white films and Billy Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. sent me head over heels in love with noir. It’s a great gateway movie because it’s so damn sharp and fun and smart. Featuring a performance for the ages from Gloria Swanson as faded star Norma Desmond and a hell of an opening that hooks you and instantly commits you to watching the full movie. So here’s an awesome picture of Ms. Swanson and the great Cecile B. DeMille, who played himself in the movie and was the reason for one of cinema’s greatest lines. Hope you guys enjoy the pic and click for the bigger image!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s pic is gonna rescue some whales! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator
- Nosferatu (1979)
- Nosferatu (1922)
- War of the Worlds
- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Casablanca
- Sahara (1943)
- Pumpkinhead
- Back to the Future
- Inception
- MacBeth (1948)
- Superman
- Twilight Zone (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet)
- The Public Enemy
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Barbarella
- Ghostbusters II
- The Thin Man
- Faust
- Batman TV Show
- The Adventures of Superman
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- The Gold Rush
- Empire of the Sun

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  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    "Its" close-up

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Possessive "its." Great pic!

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST

    Gloria Swanson may not have been a great beauty...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...but man did she hold your attention. What a face.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Is that really Behind The Scenes?

    by Cnemi

    Looks like a shot from the movie itself.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Don't you Mean John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance?

    by SobchakSecurity

    Not to be a prick, just for factualness. Love Hawks, And Liberty Valance is a great movie with a great cast. Love The Behind The Scenes pic of the day and keep em coming. Is tomorows Star Trek 4?

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    FYI, the original Waxman score is JUST out on CD!

    by Admonisher

    It's out this month on the new Counterpoint label, from Film Score Monthly's Lukas Kendall. This is the FIRST release of the original tracks to this classic score from Golden Age composer Franz Waxman! Details here:

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Great Movie of course but

    by Gwynplaine

    Ironically Swanson was too young and Holden too old for their respective parts.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 5:45 p.m. CST


    by ShadowHamlet

    You are correct. Personally, I don't ever think it is wrong to make sure that the proper artists are credited with their work.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 6:03 p.m. CST

    I know I was correct...

    by SobchakSecurity

    Just being a bit of a smartass haha.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    If you have not seen Sunset Blvd

    by DDMAN26

    Then you can not truly call yourself a film lover.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Any The Night of the Hunter

    by Gwynplaine

    BTSpic in your great collection by chance, Quint?

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Discovered This A Few Months Ago

    by Waspo

    It's a sad, funny, and fantastic Noir, and I recommend this movie to fans of the genre and great movies.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST

    That damn dirty ape! I love this movie!

    by SoylentMean

    I also love that Scorsese calls it a Horror movie, because it really friggin' is! Criterion needs to get to work on the Blu-ray.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    thanks Quint

    by Gwynplaine

    for another great picture and a great column.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST

    Just a little FYI Daft Punk/Tron fans

    by decypher44

    Official, complete score just leaked.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Some of the best dialogue ever written is in this movie.

    by Darkman

    "Sometimes, it's fascinating to see just how bad bad writing can be. This promised to go the limit." <br><br> Also, Franz Waxman's score is superb. Much as I love it, I'm keeping the Varese re-recording.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    I would have liked to see

    by Colonel Activity

    Shaquille O'Neal in this movie as KAZAAM! the rapping genie.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 9:38 p.m. CST

    You may be right BrainDrain...

    by Fletch Gannon

    But this is still a great movie and I love it. One of my favorites with great dialogue and acting. With great movies you either get it or you don't. Anyone who doesn't watch different movies from different eras are denying themselves some great entertainment...Sunset Boulevard, The Third Man, Citizen Kane, The Public many out there!

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Thank you Quint for the context to this famous line.

    by Tigger Tales

    That is all.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Before I saw this I thought it was a comedy...

    by pills_26

    How wrong could I have been. Best semi-adaptation of "Great Expectations" ever. Not too sure if this really is a BTS shot, but kudos Quint for tipping your hat to a classic.

  • Nov. 22, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST

    "Its been done move on"?!

    by dixieflyer

    Brain drain you don't like museums or classical music either do you? (and by classical music I mean led zepplin of course)

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Remember Brain Drain was the one who

    by white_vader

    insisted a few threads back that Back to the Future sequels introduced the idea of a second-act/second movie and people weren't used to the idea. Obviously he came to Earth after The Empire Strikes Back. <p> He also confuses number of posts/thread popularity with a movie's intrinsic worth or quality. Troll of the year I think.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Blazing Saddles

    by disfigurehead

    " I must have killed more men than Cecile B DeMille"

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Epic pic!

    by CuervoJones

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 3:26 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    I wonder where the "so-called" came from as I've never referred to myself as a film expert and I don't think many have. I'm a film fan and I'd wager my film knowledge is significantly more than average, but I still feel like there's a world of movies out there waiting to be seen. And I don't know what getting a credit for a class has to do with anything other than wasting money on a worthless degree. I didn't go to college, but I've been gainfully employed writing about films for a third of my life. College isn't a prerequisite to fandom or opinion. I didn't want to be a doctor or lawyer and I was already writing for AICN in high school, so I made the choice to stick with it instead of going to school. A gamble, for sure, but it seems to have paid off.<BR><BR>Thanks for the quick correction to the rest of you guys. When I came back to reread the article after some time spent working on the Holiday Gift Guide I noticed it immediately. I feel rather stupid. If it means anything, I heard John Ford in my head as my stupid fingers typed Howard Hawks.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 4:19 a.m. CST

    No talkbacker more worthless than the "ZZZZ" guy.

    by Laserbrain

    Thanks for the scintillating dialogue, BrainDrain. Wilder and Diamond got nothin' on you.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Don't feel stupid...

    by Carolinamaestro

    Everyone makes mistakes, it's a part of being human. Thanks for the great work you do on your Behind the Scenes pictures column Quint. If no one else appreciates what you do... I do.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    A time when men were men and women were women.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    ...wasting money on a worthless degree

    by SutureSelf

    Quint, you write, "And I don't know what getting a credit for a class has to do with anything other than wasting money on a worthless degree." This seems to imply that you didn't pay to attend the class. Even auditing a class requires matriculation and payment. If you didn't pay, then what you did was not auditing; it was theft of services.

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Great "dead narrator" film.

    by Flip63Hole

    Kick-Ass references it, along with "American Beauty" and "Sin City".

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by thecheesegrommit

    Wow in every thread you are a master of prose and a scintillating conversationalist. "these pussy actors and other Hollywood douche bags have no idea have easy they have it these days." What in Gods name do you know about anything outside your dark black existence? Are you incapable of having a conversation without attacking and debasing other humans?

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    By the way

    by thecheesegrommit

    Keep up the great series Quint!

  • Nov. 23, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Not a BTS pic...

    by CallaghanFilms

    I don't believe this is a BTS shot. I'm fairly sure it was used in the film; when Norma visits the DeMille set on the studio lot to further "pitch" her film...