Directed by Billy Wilder
This is the final scene from the classic film noir/Hollywood satire Sunset Blvd. In this scene, faded silent film actress Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson, delivering a brilliant performance) has been driven into madness after she murders her illicit lover/screenwriter played by William Holden (not exactly a spoiler since you know he gets killed right off in the start). Throughout the film, she yearns to make a big-screen comeback. In this final scene, it's almost as if she breaks the fourth wall, talking directly to the audience. Then she utters the oft misquoted line, "Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." As she approaches the camera for her close-up, in an almost cruel, ironic joke, director Billy Wilder dissolves the film and fades away, before she could get one. It's a brilliant ending to a brilliant film.