Dir: Billy Wilder
USA, 1950, 110minmins, DCP
Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim
It is hard to imagine modern Hollywood satires like The Player without the precedence of Billy Wilder’s brilliant urtext. Told famously from the posthumous perspective of a down-and-out screenwriter (William Holden), Sunset Boulevard presents Tinseltown through the looking glass of a faded silent movie queen (Gloria Swanson) deluded about making her career comeback. Laced with cynical black humor, the film utilizes noir conventions for a darkly satirical view of the industry. The iconic presence of silent-era legends (Erich von Stroheim, Buster Keaton, Cecil B. DeMille…) adds to the wicked fun.
Academy Awards: Best Writing, Best Art Direction and Set Decoration and Best Music Score
9.2.2018 (SAT): Film talk with Kiki Fung
Tickets available at screening venue on screening date 2019-01-12 (Sat)
Full House 2019-02-09 (Sat)
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