Sunset Boulevard

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Sunset Boulevard

Q&A with film critic Sheila O'Malley

Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, an aging silent film queen, and William Holden as Joe Gillis, the struggling writer held in thrall by Norma’s madness, created two of the silver screen’s most memorable characters in Sunset Boulevard. Erich von Stroheim as Desmond’s discoverer, ex-husband, and butler, and Nancy Olson as the bright spot in a sea of unrelenting ominousness, are equally celebrated for their masterful performances. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards (of which it won three), director Billy Wilder’s bizarre tale is an unforgettable statement about the dark side of Hollywood, from the famous opening sequence through the inevitable unfolding of tragic destiny.

Presented on 35mm

"Billy Wilder’s cynical edge is finely honed in this darkly amusing satire, which won three Academy Awards. It’s a film that is perennially ready for its close-up."
Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle


Q&A with film critic Sheila O
Q&A with film critic Sheila O'Malley, moderated by JBFC Programming Coordinator Ian LoCascio
Monday, Jun. 3 2024, 7:00
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Sheila O’Malley is a film critic for She also has written for Film Comment, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Sight & Sound, and other outlets. She has contributed numerous booklet essays and video essays for The Criterion Collection.

This film is part of the Creative Lives series.

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