Wed 06 July / Pálás 1 / 13:30
1950 / United States / 110 min / Film Noir, Black Comedy
Sunset Boulevard is cinema at its most absorbing, telling a harrowing and gripping story with deep meaning and life insight with the sort of skill reserved for the finest of motion pictures.
It’s a story of the perils of illusion, the denial of the linearity of life, and the dangers of a stubborn refusal to accept the natural process. On the flip side, there’s almost something admirable in the character’s refusal to sink into obscurity, in her inability to give up on a dream.
What Sunset Boulevard does so well is to show the negative side of dreaming, replacing hard work and determination with fantasy; the dangers of plotting a course and sticking to it come hell or high water, refusing to make corrections on the way towards the goal. It’s a dark and dangerous film, extraordinarily performed and expertly crafted at every level.
Presented to coincide with the Irish Premiere of Boulevard! A Hollywood Story
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett & D.M. Marshman Jr.
Producer: Charles Brackett
Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Eric von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Cecil B. DeMille & Buster Keaton