Waugh and Wilder: “Sunset Boulevard`s” forgotten roots in an Evelyn Waugh novel

My new column in Taki`s Magazine:

Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard, with Gloria Swanson as a silent-screen legend plotting a comeback and William Holden as her toy boy, remains one of the most famous movies ever. Yet Sunset Boulevard’s origins in an Evelyn Waugh novel have been forgotten. This cultural amnesia is curious since the reactionary novelist and the refugee writer-director are still two of the more talked-about figures of the mid-century.

Read the whole thing there.

This isn`t hugely topical, but it seems like a fairly interesting historical link that has been lost.