Sunset Boulevard vs. Parasite — The Disillusionment Arc

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Hollywood classic Sunset Boulevard tells a story that follows an uncommon trajectory. Instead of containing a “positive change arc” as so many films do, this is a story of disillusionment. And despite it being a story from long ago, this disillusionment story bears remarkable similarities to Parasite—a tense social satire about a poor family, the Kims, who con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. In this video Lessons From the Screenplay compares the character arcs from both films.


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