Art and Film Historian Jill Kiefer will introduce each movie, and lead a discussion that will separate fact from fiction following each film.
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
This classic film is the story of Joe Gillis, a struggling screenwriter swimming in debt who is on the verge of returning to his hometown to work in an office. Gillis ends up in the dangerous web of Norma Desmond, a former silent film star who persuades him to write a comeback script for her. She soon sinks into a downward spiral of jealousy and insanity when Gillis falls for a younger screenwriter. Sunset Boulevard deserves every bit of its classic status. The film is filled with memorable lines and unforgettable noir images, all anchored by some of the most amazing performances ever captured on film. This masterpiece is a bitter and tragic tale that proves Hollywood is where dreams go to die, literally. Stars William Holden and Gloria Swanson. Directed by Billy Wilder.