In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, faded, silent-screen goddess, Norma Desmond (Close), lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer, Joe Gillis, on the run from debt collectors, stumbles into her reclusive world. Persuaded to work on Norma’s "masterpiece," a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious life-style. Joe becomes entrapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free with dramatic consequences. Famous numbers from the tuner include "With One Look," "As If We Never Said Goodbye" and "Perfect Year."