Sunset Boulevard

Director: Billy Wilder Run Time: 110 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 1950

Starring:  Cecil B. DeMille,  Fred Clark,  Hedda Hopper,  Nancy Olson, Buster Keaton, Erich von Stroheim, Gloria Swanson, William Holden

The fate of a screenwriter may be the story’s conclusion but it’s just the start of SUNSET BOULEVARD.

Are you ready for your close up? Sunset Boulevard is Billy Wilder’s essential Hollywood noir about the bizarre relationship between a down-and-out screenwriter and a silent movie star has-been. Starring real-life silent era actress Gloria Swanson, the film weaves together a changing moment in the movie business with the extreme things people will do to hold on or gain industry success. It’s pretty unique in the fact that the audience knows the fate of the leading man from the very first scene and, from that point on, his ghost leads us through his unfortunate journey.

Part of Nitehawk’s January THE END IS THE BEGINNING brunch series.