Sunset Boulevard

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 is Hollywood craftsmanship at its smartest and at just about its best…” — Sight and Sound

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

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