Directed by Billy Wilder. US. 1950. NR. 110 minutes. Paramount. Digital.
Mon., May 15, 2017 thru Thu., May 18, 2017
Billy Wilder’s direction provides a tongue-in-cheek, often witty, and sometimes macabre take on the post-war film community. William Holden stars as a hack screenwriter on the run from creditors, who seeks sanctuary (and a bit more) with has-been silent actress Gloria Swanson and her brooding Prussian butler, Erich von Stroheim (the ever-popular man you love to hate of the silent era). To give you an idea of just how unusual this film is, its narrated in flashback by a dead man, seen at the outset floating face down in an ornate swimming pool. As the fascinating tale unfolds, we are treated to a wild conglomeration of madness, vanity, obsession, and murder, as well as cameo appearances from such silent stars as Buster Keaton, Anna Q. Nilsson and director Cecil B. DeMille. If you like your satire on the dark side, then Sunset Boulevard is the film for you. (Bill Roth)
The 1:30PM screenings are FREE in celebration of the opening of our two new theatres and our new schedule of matinees every day!