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Two Tuesdays: Sunset Blvd. (1950)

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return. (NR, 110 min.)


Tuesday, April 23, 2024

7:00 PM

Discover cinematic connections with Two Tuesdays—a curated film series pairing related movies on the last two Tuesdays of the month. This series is Free for Members.
April 23: Sunset Blvd. (1950)
April 30: The Player (1992)

An aging silent film queen refuses to accept that her stardom has ended. She hires a young screenwriter to help set up her movie comeback. The screenwriter believes he can manipulate her, but he soon finds out he is wrong. The screenwriters ambivalence about their relationship and her unwillingness to let go leads to a situation of violence, madness, and death. [Rotten Tomatoes]

Starring: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim
Director: Billy Wilder
Genre(s): Drama, Film-Noir

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"Still the best Hollywood movie ever made about Hollywood."

— Andrew Sarris, Observer

"One of the most interesting and original picture to have come out of Hollywood in years."

— Kate Cameron, New York Daily News

"It takes you behind the scenes in the celluloid city and into the hearts of those who make the pictures."

— Marion Kelley, Philadelphia Inquirer

"Sunset Boulevard is a triumph for Gloria Swanson, star of the silent days, and now at the top of the ladder in this more difficult talking era."

— Age Staff, The Age (Australia)

"Billy Wilder’s chillingly cold-blooded satire of Hollywood is one of his finest films — and indeed arguably one of the greatest movies of the period."

— Wendy Ide, Times (UK)

"It is Hollywood craftsmanship at its smartest and at just about its best, and it is hard to find better craftsmanship than that, at this time, in any art or country."

— James Agee, Sight & Sound

"Dead fame, the grim phantom that often uniquely besets careers in Hollywood, becomes the theme for one of the most remarkable pictures ever produced."

— Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times

"Sunset Boulevard is one of those films which serve as milestones in the progress of the motion picture toward its goal of an entertainment art You must see it!"

— George Bourke, Miami Herald

"Smashing drama of the old-fashioned kind, plus elegant perceptive characterization of the modern school, combined to make Sunset Boulevard one of the greatest films of the decade."

— Marjory Adams, Boston Globe

"[Gloria Swanson] proves that in the years she has been off the screen she has lost none of her glamour, the magnetism that made her an outstanding personality of the early Hollywood days."

— Mildred Stockard, Houston Chronicle