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Films With Street Names In Title: 5 Great Ones

Films With Street Names

AP/The Huffington Post   First Posted: 08/04/11 09:12 PM ET Updated: 10/04/11 06:12 AM ET

LOS ANGELES -- The ultra-low-budget "Bellflower," which opens in limited release this weekend, is named for the generic Southern California street where much of the film's action takes place - the romance and, eventually, the break-up and brutal climax.

Providing a sense of place is a crucial part of luring us into a film, and that can start right from the very beginning. So here's a journey through five great movies with street names in their titles. Try not to get lost:

All captions by Christy Lemire of the Associated Press.

Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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"Sunset Boulevard" (1950): Billy Wilder's sharp, biting satire remains one of the most insightful films ever made about Hollywood. All these decades later, the names have changed and the technology has improved but the egos and illusions remain. LA's Sunset Boulevard is where aging silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) lives in her garish mansion, dreaming of a comeback, and it's where writer Joe Gillis (William Holden) narrates from the great beyond while lying face-down in her swimming pool at the start. Holden is the film's steady, quick-witted anchor, while Swanson teeters brilliantly on the brink of madness until the very end. She IS big. It's the pictures that got small.
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