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Boston Underground Film Festival • March 21–25

The Brattle Theatre40 Brattle St., Cambridge MA 02138 • Harvard Square • 617 876-6837 • [email protected]

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Wed, Jun 8, 2016

Prime Noir of the 1950sRepertory Series ArchiveStaff Picks (past events)

Sunset Blvd.

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(1950) dir Billy Wilder w/William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olsen, Cecil B. DeMille, Hedda Hopper, Buster Keaton [115 min; 35mm]
This highly stylized film noir treat is the story of an out-of-work screenwriter (Holden) who is taken in (and eventually trapped) by has-been movie queen, Norma Desmond (Swanson). Hollywood seems never more vicious than when turning its eye on itself, and Desmond is one of the most pitiable and disturbed embodiments of the Dream Factory ever committed to celluloid.

“Still the best Hollywood movie ever made about Hollywood.” – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

“Remains the best drama ever made about the movies because it sees through the illusions, even if Norma doesn’t.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“One of Wilder’s finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood’s scab-scratching accounts of itself.” – Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Brattle Film Notes for SUNSET BLVD.

Buy Tickets: Sunset Boulevard

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Wednesday 6/8
at 8:30 PM
Saturday 6/11
at 12:00 2:30 7:00* PM *added show

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  • Boston Underground Film Festival • March 21–25
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