Sunset Boulevard – The Nose Scene

And there’s that scene in Sunset Boulevard, when a young writer explains for the protagonist why she hadn’t a successful career as an actress. All because of a deviated nose. After going to the doctor and fixing the nose, she just discovered that working behind the camera was more exciting than the spotlight.

The underlying attraction between these two characters is unmatched. I’ve never seen so much sexual tension in a scene where no one undresses. The moment when William Holden, fellow on the edge, can not resist kissing her nose is one of the most erotic in film noir genre. A simple kiss nose can turn the attraction between writer and fellow totally believable and poignant. Billy Wilder, the man of the details that made the difference.

Sunset Boulevard

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