Sunset Boulevard stretches about 35km, from Hollywood through Beverly Hills (the famous Sunset Strip) to Downtown Los Angeles. It is one part place and two parts myth.
Geographically, it is one of the most affluent suburbs in the world, boasting some of the most luxurious houses ever built and a notorious nightlife. In narrative, and enshrined in pop culture, it is a hedonistic attitude to life.
In the 1950s, Billy Wilder made a film in the street’s name, entering it into the American ideological canon.
Rolling Stone magazine, a gatekeeper of the America Dream, documented the extensive escapades of stars in the 1980s, among them singer Jim Morrison balanced on a railing on the roof of a 16-storey building on the Strip as if it were a tightrope or Led Zeppelin who would famously rent out rooms at Hyatt House and run riot creating a "...television-smashing, motorcycle-down-the-hallway-driving den of debauchery".
The Hollywood sign features in numerous films, and the most recent to romanticise what it represents is the film "La La Land," starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.