Sometimes rich and famous people have a hard time coming to grips with the fact that they're no longer sitting on top of the world. Take, for instance, Norma Desmond, forgotten silent film idol who hides out in her creepy mansion, convinced she's still famous and about to get a call to resume her career. Sometimes people who've yet to make it big have a hard time deciding whether they should keep pursuing their dreams or quit kidding themselves. Take, for instance, aspiring screenwriter Joe Gillis. What happens when these two characters cross paths? It's not pretty, but it makes for a truly classic film.