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Director: Billy Wilder. 1950
Starring Gloria Swanson, William Holden and Erich Von Stroheim.
Sunset Boulevard is the cruellest of all Hollywood’s self-exposées.
Gloria Swanson plays a mesmerising, intense Nora Desmond, a forgotten silent movie star attempting her come-back.
She comes into contact with the new Hollywood, represented by William Holden’s washed-up, cynical screenwriter Joe Gillis.
Nora has Joe facilitate her screen return by having him edit her crazy script ‘Salome’, a challenging task that steers him complacently towards a gigolo’s existence.
What is unusual is how realistic Wilder dared to be.
He used real names and real life.
Wilder and co-writer Charles Brackett have created a cruel, funny, realistic movie about movies, a brilliant satire on Tinseltown that still seems fresh today.
Blasts From The Past will be the theme for this year’s St Ives September Festival Film Season.
Once again, organiser Wendy Watson has come up with a cracking selection of films for the annual silver screen extravaganza at St Ives Arts Club.
Last year four of the five films sold out – so make sure you get your tickets early.
All films are shown at the oldest art establishment in the town.
St Ives Arts Club, Westcott’s Quay, St Ives.
Doors open from 7.00pm
Buy tickets for all 5 September festival films in one transaction for £25